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#373 Backstory of the Poem “Why Honey Matters” from her poetry collection A Sky Full Of Wings by Ksenia Rychtycka
Can you go through the step-by-step process of writing this poem from the moment the idea was first conceived in your brain until final form?
“Why Honey Matters” first came to mind after an odd experience I had about 18 months after the death of my mother. It was shortly before Christmas, and I was alone in the kitchen preparing to make honey cake for the holidays. I had all my ingredients out and mixing bowls and was just getting started. All of a sudden, I sensed my mother’s presence near me – so much so that I actually spoke aloud, telling her that I knew she was next to me. It was an emotional moment as my mother loved my honey cake and was always so happy when I would bake traditional Ukrainian dishes. At the same time, it was comforting to sense her presence and made me very happy. From this, the poem evolved into three sections about how honey has played an important role in my family history.