18 thoughts on “Long Before My Birth

    1. Aww, many thanks Aladin for your beautiful reply and for being such a dear companion on this journey we call life. In the words of Ram Dass, “We’re all just walking each other home.” Hope this weekend’s birthday party went splendidly! Love and light, Deborah.

  1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words and wisdom. Out of pain comes beauty. The soul as love works well. All the best, Anna.

    1. Thank you so much Anna for your beautiful reply! I love Rumi so will let his own silent language of love reply … “If the house of the world is dark, Love will find a way to create windows.” Poetry, Jung and imagination created windows in my life.

      And more Rumi, “Love is the soul’s light, the taste of morning, no me, no we, no claim of being.” Well, I just couldn’t bring myself to write “it” to denote my soul and “she/he/they” didn’t fit either … “love” however did. Love and light, Deborah.

        1. Oh no, wow … I’m getting nervous now! Anna, if you do you enjoy Soror Mystica, or not, you can always post a review on my “About” page or drop me an email. x

    1. Thank you so much Luisa for your soulful reply and sharing your belief in “Amor Fati”, or what the Greeks call, “love of one’s Fate”. Love and light, Deborah.

  2. Deborah this is wonderful…it’s so good to see you start the new year with prose poem! Ahh those ancient Greeks certainly had some crazy families and their stories have been the basis for so many amazing books – old classics such as The Illiad and The Odyssey (two favourites of mine) and modern stories taking new perspectives such as The Song of Achilles and of course Circe. Yet, if you look throughout the centuries, there have been the crazy one’s in all walks of life and right now we have this disfunction and drama playing out in public with the current Royal Family – it’s no wonder The Crown tv series is so popular!!

    Going back to your poem – I too believe our souls decide before we’re born how we will live and how we will return to love…the good, the bad and the downright horrendous all happens along the way for a reason and eventually we reunite with the love our soul has set us on our life path to find. Your poem has provoked many thoughts Deborah, thank you. New year blessings, Sophia.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your lovely comment! You do make a valid point with our royal family, Greek mythology and The Crown series. Yes, no wonder the show is popular! Waiting seven long years from reading, “The Song of Achilles” until “Circe” was agony but Madeline’s second novel “Circe” was so worth it. Her third novel “Persephone” is a work in progress I hear, so potentially her next book, I cannot wait!

      It’s wonderful to hear that you share the same belief we make our choices long ago. For example, I had the strangest feeling in the house I now live in, because even as I stood in the hallway on viewing, I felt I was home. So yes, lovers, jobs and friendships must follow suit, albeit lots of frogs, taking wrong turns and love, always love, sometimes the thinnest of threads weaving through it all. Love and light, Deborah.

  3. Mmmmmm, yes I’ve always wondered why I chose the family I was born into. Karmic lessons to be learned of this I’m fairly sure! Have I learned them? Some, hopefully. My family was typical of a ‘normally’ dysfunctional one, with its own quirks and foibles. Plenty of Greek drama in its way.

    Thank you Deborah for your thought provoking poem. Rejection is a great teacher.

    Love, susan from the south

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your lovely reply! For sure, it’s an enigmatic question to sit and reflect upon isn’t it? Why this family and not next door? Why choose to become a woman and not a man (this time)? Why choose to be gay and not straight? Why choose to live in India and not France? And on and on our questions go. But what if everything was happening for our greater good? What then?

      It was only when I started to “become myself” that I realised there are often advantages to the challenges set in our lives. Personally, a passionate interest in (Jungian) psychology and poetry arose from my challenges. No wonder so many of us love Greek mythic tales with their high drama set amongst those radically dysfunctional families … a home from home! Love and light, Deborah from the north.

      PS. I hope your friend here in the UK can order some books for when your sister visits this spring. x

  4. I’m inspired. You added a feeling to my morning that will last all day. (I looked to see how ancient Greeks kiss. I may be missing the subtlety or the meaning of a private message, but I like imagining a kiss on each cheek and maybe another on the hand. And speaking of crazy Greek families, I have about 20 pages left of the book ‘Circe.’ I wanted to finish last night but fell asleep.) Thanks for sharing this warming poem on a cold snowy morning.

    1. Thank you so much Elaine for sharing your winter warming words! These two short verses arrived this morning during coffee. It always amazes me that some poems take minutes, while others take months. Ha-Ha! Kissing like ancient Greece is a tease, believe me! A rich compliment from one poetess to another. We’re “doffing our caps” so to speak!

      Oh, I’m so envious that you’re still reading Circe, I loved Her story! Still, I’m in ancient Greece myself reading, “The Children of Jocasta” and loving it … her husband the king has just died and she’s just met Oedipus, eek! In fact reimagining Greek mythology is my favourite genre at the moment. I have six more novels waiting. Love and light, Deborah.

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