Thoughts take shape and wing,
telling stories out of time,
in a place where there was still mystery and wonder,
told by women sitting close to Byzantine fire.
Their children clutch at skirts
Each generation taking on a new facet,
each story woven into a tapestry of miracles.
There is blue smoke weaving around us,
telling and close
of those times
when there was still myth and innocence
in Byzantine fire.
~~ Catherine Gainey
Cover of "Byzantine Women and Their World"
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