Hera Alexandros, Queen of the Gods
Hera Teleia, patroness of marriages
grant us in your grace
a harmonious family
an enduring union
and a faithful and loving marriage
From our temples on earth, we raise our voices
From her throne on Olympus, Hera hears
but when she retires to
a cold home
an empty bed
and a husband who worships
at the fonts of women
lesser than she
who does Hera pray to?
Beautiful in its bravery, To the Sun, Moon, and Stars is the first book by Filipina author Cariza Opana. The book is a collection of poetry and prose from the author’s old blog, Paper Antlers (which has since been converted into a website for the book).
Filipina illustrator Elle Om divides the book into three sections – one each for the sun, the moon, and the stars. The cover and the dividers feature mournful girls in high-contrast black and white line art, which perfectly accompany the melancholy but gently hopeful tone of the writing.
We all know the kind of person the Queen of Hearts will turn out to be, so it’s fair to say no one will be picking up Marissa Meyer’s Heartless expecting a happy ending.
I thought when I left the health care profession, I was through holding vigil for lists and waiting to see if my name would be on them – through with nursing boards, the UST Med entrance exam, and the Biochem pass list. Guess not!
And yet, this list means just as much to me as the others that came before. Perhaps more, because leaving the health care profession to become a writer has always meant each move had more at stake.