St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves – Georgiann Carlson

to St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
don’t mind the howling
it’s just a 101 class
that seems to be having trouble harmonizing
howling is an important part
of pack life
it’s one of the ways we communicate
body language
is another
those of us
who live at St. Lucy’s
really do run with wolves
we also hunt
and bring down prey
not other animals
of course
but men
who need to be taught a lesson
oh don’t fret
we only take the bad ones
wolves live in the school with us
they teach us
and care for us
we do the same in return
the best job at the school
is watching over our new brothers and sisters
the puppies are adorable
we often sleep among them
some of us
have learned to shape shift
it’s not that hard
once you get the hang of it
when we hunt
the men run
sometimes they scream
we can smell their fear
but against us
they don’t have a chance
just like the women they hunt
the girls at St. Lucy’s
provide a public service
and we’re very proud
of the work we do

not one man
has ever gotten away

I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves – Robert G. Wertzler

Saint Lucy, Santa Lucia, more properly, has trouble sometimes keeping track of all the places and institutions named after her. She’s not alone in that, of course, among the saints, Christian and otherwise, given the popularity among mortals of doing that even when the naming has little to do with the stories of the saints themselves. She’s reflected, in recent years that it is rather like “Likes” on social media. Naturally, those among the ranks of the Canonized are not supposed to be so worldly as to indulge in Pride or Jealousy about such things, but there are those whose characters fall a bit short of the reputations that got them there. She had been a little bewildered at first when the home for girls raised by wolves had been named for her, wolves, literal ones anyway, not having had a role in her story. But, the town was named after her and the nuns were devotees, so it did make sense. She is quite fond of the girls and has grown to appreciate their wolf families for the unconditional love and freedom (freedom her own relatives had tried to deny her) they gave. She also likes that the nuns do try so hard to teach the girls to fit into human society without crushing their spirits. So, she is happy to accept the honor (not that she could actually refuse it) of the naming. “Who knows,” she thinks sometimes, “maybe one or two of those girls will turn out saintly and join me here someday. That would be so sweet.”

Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and Arizona. There are times the title, “Recovering Therapist”, seems to fit. In 2006 he retired to move to Western North Carolina to help and become primary care giver for his father who had developed Dementia. Before all that, there was work at various times as a soldier (US Army 1967-70), community organizer, cab driver, welfare case worker, wooden toy maker, carpenter, warehouse worker, and other things. He relates to a line in a Grateful Dead song, “What a long, strange trip its been.”

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves – Karen Russell

For October, I decided to embrace the Halloween season and use titles of short stories and books discussed in the enjoyable and informative new book Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction as my Daily Writing Prompts.  These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

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St. Lucys Home for girls