I remember a child
holding a grandmother's hands,
awed. I view my own
gloved in equal years,
blue veins, lumpy tunnels
running rough as contour maps;
geography of thinning skin,
ivory-blue tinged red
on swollen knuckles
Her rings once glittered
my hands in graceful arcs,
moving in dance,
to cup a crone's cheek
tickle a false-toothed laugh.
Scrutiny shows years
scars on hands like my Mother's,
nails like Mother's Mother,
yellowed moons, thin ridges,
translucent lines layered,
splitting to the cuticle,
brittle mica at tips.
My wrinkled hands folded
stiffly, adorned in gold
sit jeweled and resting
like the mannequin hands
I touched in a coffin.
"Face Of The
Goddess - Crone"
by Atmara Rebecca Cloe
Pat Hegnauer has been an Acting Teacher, Producer, Actress
and Director. She was a Guest Lecturer at Rhode Island University for
five years, and founded and produced four Theaters in Newport, RI, and
was Artistic Director for 2nd Story Theater for twenty years.
Presently she is a Playwright and Poet. Her plays have been
produced in Providence, RI, at Perishable Theater, 2nd Story Theatre, and
in NYC at The Raw Space and Tribecca Theater. Her plays have had staged
readings at URI, where she won the New Playwright award in 1996 and 97,
the Middleboro Arts Festival, Middleboro, MA, and the Sandra Feinstein
Gamm Theater, Providence, RI.
Her poems have been published in The Crones Nest,
Skywriters Literary Journal, The Great Swamp Gazette, Newport
Review, and Scriveners Pen. Her first Chapbook will
be published this spring by the Premier Poets Chapbook series.
Presently Pat is working on her first Novel, The
Kitchen Diary. She has given chapter readings at the Brown
University Faculty Club and the Writers Circle in Providence, RI.
E-mail Pat Hegnauer at