Ancient Myth by Joan Wilding

Ancient myth tells of Amazons
who ‘pinched’ off a breast
to improve their prowess in battle
With deadly accuracy, their arrows sped,
unimpeded and chest high,
piercing the enemy at their weakest points.

Do you reach out, my love, for a warm inviting mound
and come up empty,
your hand hovering, forgetting, uncertain,
and finally settling on the nippled side?

A decision was made, as then,
to sever for the greater good.
Did those warriors mourn their loss?
Was their sleep disturbed by regret?

I sleep knowing the enemy.

Joan Wilding was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lives with her husband in Kingston, Ontario. They have three children and six grandchildren. Joan is constantly impressed that the smallest personal interaction reflects a universal truth.