I am beginning a new story for the 2017 New Year.

Like many stories, it has taken on many forms.

It has been rewritten many times.

Hopefully, this will be the last revision, and I will attempt to send it off to be published – one day.

Please note: this is fictional.

© 2016 Jennifer Engel, All Rights Reserved, but feed back welcome.:)


Every year,
for the past sixteen years,
I’d sit by the fire
with my grandmother.

From late October
until early March
I’d sit and listen
to her stories.

Her tone was always
light and humorous, but tonight
her tone was serious
and a bit foreboding.

“From birth until now I have prepared you
for this day through stories.”
The previous day,
I had gotten my first moon.

(see footnote)

During the next seven days,
this will be done through ceremony.
After that, it will be up to you
to make your own stories.

  • Note: Moon – the word Native Americans used in place of “period.”

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