A Woman's Adventure

I dedicate this in memory of my Mother Margaret "Peggy" Bachleda who was also the Original Puffgirl1952 [1952-2014]!

Maiden, Mother, Matriarch;

Three stages of women,

All the same and are one.

Sisters;

Come gather round…

Swords-woman;

Have a care in carrying your blade.

Mistress of the Blade;

War calls to you,

March with your sisters side by side.

But have a care and be careful;

Do not lose your life.

Maiden;

Have a care that you do not cut yourself,

War has a way of stealing a Maiden's innocence

So have a care and be careful.

Mother;

Off to war you go and leave your family behind,

You are protecting them from the evil in the world.

But have a care and be careful;

War has a way of stealing a Mother from her family.

Matriarch;

The sword has become heavy to lift

And the armor has become heavy to wear.

Where will your weary bones rest after battle?

Have a care and be careful;

War is never gentle but He does honor the Matriarch.

Enchantress;

Have a care of the Arcane.

Lady of Magic;

The World of Magic can be dangerous.

But have a care and be careful;

Do not burn your life away.

Maiden;

Have a care that you do not burn yourself.

Wonders you will see but at a price,

Have a care and be careful.

Mother;

Wonder-wielding and fire-fierce,

You weave spells to protect your children.

But have a care and be careful;

There is a price to pay,

Matriarch;

Your cauldron is overflowing.

You hold knowledge of great wonders;

Teach others of what you know.

But have a care and be careful;

Your body and mind are paying the price.

Adventure awaits you but…

Are you willing to pay the price?

Maiden, Mother, Matriarch;

Swords can become too heavy to wield.

Swords can shatter in a forge or in battle or rust in the rain;

Swords can be sheathed in scabbards or in death.

Through your wanderings and at adventure's end;

Will you lie in unmarked and nameless grave?

Adventure holds many choices…

What path will you choose?

Maiden, Mother, Matriarch;

The Arcane can be dangerous to follow.

Fires go out, dimmed in ash and frozen in ice;

Your light fades or burns out and leaves you blackened.

Through your wanderings and at adventure's end;

Will you lie in unmarked and nameless grave?

Maiden, Mother, Matriarch;

Three stages of women,

All the same and are one.

Maiden;

Your adventure has begun,

Hone your blades and hands.

Mother;

Swords and scabbards vary in size,

A lens of ice may spark a light.

Matriarch;

Your feet have become weary

And your bones must rest.

Sisters;

Come gather round…

No matter how many adventures you wonder on;

There is only one thing that you must keep in mind…

When your adventures ends and your spirit needs rests;

Remember your hearth and family is waiting for your return home

And that is where your heart lies.

Maiden, Mother, Matriarch…

Your story has just begun!