i have been asked about the talismans of my previous post. what are they? how big are they? how did i make them? what do they mean?
a talisman is a something which has meaning or significance for the holder. these small talismans (small enough to fit into my palm) have enormous significance for me - each one stands for a baby i miscarried between July 23 1992 and September 9 2003. eight babies who were too small to have any significance for the world - remembered only by me. unable to be wrapped and shrouded and held and buried and given the dignity of naming and ritual.
so this is the start of my real, allowed mourning: eight tiny shrouds. talismanic and powerful. real, able to be held.