A Willow’s Lament

A poem about death: Lose track of the wind On the mirror surfaced lake Christening the sky With clear intent Where is the coffin But sky and earth The heavens, the ornaments And yet in the kitchen, Where life is rebirthed There gathered the women Pottery deep into breakfast Reassuring one another The calm centerContinue reading “A Willow’s Lament”


Originally posted at: https://maremartell.com/2021/09/04/purification/ Perfumed purification anointed my skin fragrant with absolution My brethren Blessed sisters; Heart-bound lovers Spirit-kin My blood baptized in the cistern of love Forgiven to be human The elation of redemption damp against my brow Dancing in broad circles Breathless with abandon the release of blissful beauty

Death Doula

I first became intrigued with death and dying about the same time I decided I wanted to write eulogies for a living. From there, and a failed business later, I trusted that I’d find my calling to the vocation where I feel the most at ease. I became a professional PCA (Personal Care Assistant). I’dContinue reading “Death Doula”