In anticipation of the fire and the flood-- of the hunger, and the younger ones who bear his flesh and blood-- he rises, while the moon is shaking loose her lucent tresses. He showers. In the leaden daylight-birthing hours, he dresses.
He mans the stands of saplings, kissing bark and branch with axes. He flexes, tenses, reaches, scatters sawdust, then relaxes. He chops, and stacks, and packs and splits the sticks that feed the fires.
He teases, and appeases, convinces and conspires with the snakes and snails and spices and the sugars that he sires.
If it seems he tackles far more than the job description calls for, he also misses, kisses, listens to the girl he daily falls for.
The care and keeping of a household, husbanded and grounded, is mastered by the master of the castle.
swestenskow for her husband on the night of his trial by liars
*hus-ban-dree:Funtion: noun, Date: 14th Century (archaic): the care of a household