I earned these burning hands
pulling nettles from your grave.
Too late to salve your wounds,
but I might yet save the babe.
He rides against my ribs
and finds his famine at my breasts.
I'll drink the nettles down
and leave to Mary all the rest.
I don't usually do these, but . . .
*In the mid-1800s, widespread failure of the potato crops in Ireland led to the starvation of roughly one million people.
*For thousands of years, the stinging nettle has been revered by many cultures for its practical, medicinal, and magical properties. The Irish believed that nettles grew out of dead bodies. Nettle is one of the Nine Sacred Herbs for the treating of wounds. Nettle tea can be used to help lactating women produce more breast milk. However, chemicals in the plant's needles cause a stinging burn if you brush up against them.
Submitted for the "heat" portion of Shawna's prompt at dVerse.