PoetryHelen's Confession, 2020

“Helen’s Confession” conveys the spiritual and psychological price one pays for not living one’s authentic life. It speaks to the corrosive nature of knowing you are not fully loved by your partner, that their heart lies with someone else. It admits the effect of folklore when one believes in its power. “Lovers who desired to plight their vows with peculiar solemnity repaired to a burn, stood on opposite banks, dipped their fingers into the water, clasped hands across the stream, and so exchanged their vows.” (McNeill) It seeks to remind the reader that denying reality is rarely conclusive and final, that knowing the truth is not easily forgotten.