The name had appeared - glittering letters on white - she whispered aloud as she slept.
Whoever this "Hera" had been, her spirit met with its' demise in the dream.
Awakened to a cold and overcast morn, she wondered what the vision could mean.
Fragments of feelings, and thoughts, senselessly swirled in her head
The only "Hera" she'd known was her oldest son's friend, but surely SHE wasn't dead.
Not even an hour later - as if summoned, he rang on the phone.
It had been over a month since she'd seen him - displeasure lacing his tone.
His twenty-four years had been laden with pain, trials and errs of his choice -
Though she'd had nothing to do with his sentence, guilt consumed her at hearing his voice.
Not once in that month did she visit, she'd even failed to collect things he owned
Before those who had stored them destroyed them - he had nothing when released and sent home.
No matter she lacked know-how or money, to pick up bits of his life where they fell -
It seemed her wisdom and financial boosts given, in past years, hadn't helped very well.
Balancing tough love and compassion is so hard for a Mother to do...
Wanting to see our kids happily thrive would be a wonderful dream come true!
So... she looked up this "Hera" figure, while hurt and hating herself inside -
She's known as the Greek Goddess of Love...does this mean her son's love for her died?
Well...no matter how disappointed she had made him - her goal has never been to cause pain
She will never stop loving or dreaming for him - perhaps he'll feel the depth of her love once again.
by Polly Taskey
"More than any of the other Greek goddesses, the goddess Hera reminds us that there is both light and dark within each of us and that joy and pain are inextricably linked in life. The Greek goddess Hera represents the fullness of life and affirms that we can use our own wisdom in the pursuit of any goal we choose."______________________________________________________________
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.