Pendant Power . . .

Even as a child I admired the cameo, not merely for its beauty but for some incontrovertible spirit it seemed to embody.  My mother’s pairing of the necklace with a simple black dress reserved for birthdays and anniversaries heightened the stone’s power.  That my father had traveled halfway around the world to find the pendant added to its charm.

“Your father was hopelessly romantic,” my mother would say of the gesture.

Cupid and Psyche . . .
beneath Vesuvius
I find myself
whispering the story
to my love-struck heart

Contemporary Haibun Online, vol. 8, no. 2, July 2012


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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2 Responses to Pendant Power . . .

  1. Yousei Hime says:

    Part of the image I have of my grandmother has always been tied to her cameo ring. As a child I was fascinated by it. I still love cameos. They always spin stories and remind me of my grandmother.

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