The Foremothers

On the wings of a butterfly,

on a feather’s breath of memory,

their stories,

their spirits resonate.

I see these women, my ancestors,

with their courage, humor, and tenacity.

In my mind I can taste their cooking,

Hear their old world accents,

See their kitchens.

Feel the texture of their lives.

This monotype print is entitled “Wings of Memory.” It evokes the way memories float into our consciousness, making the past present. Although they are gone, our Foremothers continue to influence our lives through the seeds they planted in us.

Wings of Memory, monotype print, 20 x 15 inches, 2021
This is my Great Aunt Fannie, Yiddish poet, social activist, gregarious hostess and wonderful cook. She was my grandfather Bennie’s younger sister. They came together to the United States from a village in Ukraine near Kiev called Proscurov.
My paternal grandmother Sarah Brooks nee Schuhalter