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While Christ and His Angels Slept, a Sparrow Sang.

While Christ and His Angels Slept, a Sparrow Sang.

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Cate By whatcatydidnext Updated Feb 19, 2016

Seven years I have been wife to Hew, in seven years I have born but one son, my poor little rabbit. I have never quickened more. Another crime to lie at the door of my lewdness. To be fair he did not touch me till my fourteenth birthday, but then he fell upon me as a man starved. Most of what he showed me to do was against the teachings of the church…a woman should not take the position of a man in the act of union. A woman must not be taken on a holy day, not in the light of day, not like the beasts in the field...The list is endless, and he is persistent in them all. And I, who knew so little, profited not at all from the sinful acts. Once…I think I felt…a something, but then it was gone. Gone with a grunt, a groan, and a careless touch.
Now I collect nettles for soup, our only food for a sennight gone.
I am Hadwise Rachael’s-dotter, wife of Hew the smith atte-Brooke.
These are all my sins.

hrb264 hrb264 Feb 19, 2016
I really like this despite the archaic language you can really feel her pain.
newgatenancy newgatenancy Jul 22, 2015
I can't apologise enough, I've been meaning to look you up for an age!
                              This is beautiful, and so sad. Please tell me it gets better for her?
GBReader GBReader Jun 25, 2014
Hi Caty,  not sure why , but have only just seen your note. Heading off to bed chick , but will email you over next day or two. Would be good to catch-up. Xx
Linda60 Linda60 Jun 19, 2014
Wow, that reads like a (real) Caty's. I've been a bit out of the picture over the last months, but it's great to find new writings from you. Hope you are well.
KiplingKat KiplingKat Jun 18, 2014
Great to see this piece getting some light and air. It certainly one of your best and has such great potential. :) I hope this spurs you to keep going with Sparrows.
Chubbles Chubbles Jun 18, 2014
Oh my gosh I feel like crying - it's so sad but so descriptive.