Under the Dark Moon

She sat on the ferry deck, breastfeeding her child in the early New York City night. I saw only her silhouette, but I knew she was beaming—absolutely high on the bliss of motherhood.   

I searched for the other faces I knew had to be smiling as wide as I was. I found frowns, revulsion, even disdain. Idiots, I thought, unnatural animals!

Looking up at the sky, I fed on the energies of the Dark Moon. When my fingertips tingled, I aimed my opened palms towards the mother and child. Right before my spell shielded mom and babe, in a silky veil of Dark Moon, the mother’s eyes twinkled my way: natural magic

Breastfeeding, by Gadi Ramadhani

18 comments:

  1. Oh that's just lovely! Very magical stuff.

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  2. Bliss Doubt3/04/2011

    Oh Magaly, I just love that.

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  3. I'm glad you guys like it. It was inspired by a very real scene, on the very real ferry, in the middle of some very real obnoxious people. I saw people making nasty faces at a mom breastfeeding her baby, and I wanted to cover her up; protect her from their stupidity. Then she looked at me and smiled--proud--seeing that she didn't care what all those idiots thought, made me feel very naturally magical ;-)

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  4. Wonderfully told, as usual. There is a great sense of it being a real scene, but heightened. =)

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  5. Wow, pleased I found you through Old Bags & Stuff, great story!!

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  6. John - Well, thank you. Your words are a gift for my writer's heart.

    Sunshineshelle - I'm glad you are here too. Welcome to Pagan Culture!

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  7. Nicely crafted scene, I particularly liked the contrast of unnatural animals & natural magic, which makes for a nice closing.

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  8. This is really creepy. I was reading one of your stories at the same time you were reading mine. Creepy, but very cool ;-)

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  9. A woman breastfeeding her child is one of the beautiful things in this world.

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  10. Absolutely, Steve. Besides, a man breastfeeding his child would be just too weird. Unless the man was Peter Griffin, I expect anything from "The Family Guy" ;-)

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  11. You captured the reactions, both of the mother and of the narrator nicely. Interesting how understanding and meaning can be exchanged with but a simple gaze.

    I'm a little surprised breast feeding would get such a negative reaction these days.
    ~jon

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  12. Specially in New York City. It is just ridiculous, but people are strange.

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  13. Specially in New York City. It is just ridiculous, but people are strange.

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  14. greendragonflies288/22/2011

    Too amazing! I especially like the part about tingling fingers! That always happen when I am doing magic!

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    1. I'm glad it made you tingle!

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  15. It's lovely. Breast feeding a child is probably one of the most spiritual experiences I've had as a mother. :)

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    1. I wrote it after I saw a few people giving a woman--who was breastfeeding--dirty looks. I didn't get their reaction, but I sure wanted to smack it off their faces LOL

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