Bare branches clutch
the dying moon,
coyotes mourn and call

Poor attempts to hold
this moth drawn
to the beloved Flame

Though she shall be reduced
to ash then thrust forth
born again

Jamie Maciejewski belongs to Wordways, a group of women on the Olympic Peninsula who write and share pilgrimages of faith and life. She leads her local Habitat for Humanity, is part of a small Lutheran congregation in Chimacum where she sometimes preaches, and attends seminary part-time. Jamie, her husband, and their two sons on the brink of adulthood live on Marrowstone Island, where word canvasses are tucked at the edges of most every path.


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