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Poetry please

Postby cornmother » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:47 pm

We've had some beautiful poems on assorted threads, but I'm darned if I can find half of them again. Before The Big Changover (the new website) I thought I'd put this thread up, and hope that you'll all add to it (and be able to find it again).

How many of you remember this one?

In the black furror of a field
I saw an old witch-hare this night;
And she cocked a lissome ear,
And she eyed the moon so bright,
And she nibbled of the green;
And I whispered "Whsst! witch-hare,"
Away like a ghostie o’er the field
She fled, and left the moonlight there.

(Walter de la Mare)

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Postby Beantighe » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:37 pm

Great minds think alike, CM! I was just thinking the other day that it would be nice to have a poetry thread, and like you, couldn't remember where the original one was.

Here's one of my favourites, by L Gale Perrigo, who seems to be very elusive whenever I try to do a search........................

Came Death, one early morning to Greenwood,
To speak with the healer there;
Death was a Lord both dark and tall,
And wond'rous terrible fair.
He said, 'We've striven, you and I,
Over some who approached my door,
But I find you Pagans fear me less
Than some I've seen before.
Can you tell me why this is?' he asked,
And the healer, laughing, replied:
'Because, my lord, we Pagans know
That we can return when we die;
You're the other half of life', she said,
'No less, but nothing more,
And all that lives shall come in time
To wait outside your door.
But I heal, my lord, in the Lady's name,
And it's She who guides my hand,
That none I love will walk
Before their time your shadowed land.'
Death smiled then, and took his leave,
And the healer, lingering,
Found beside her on the ground
A single pomegranate seed.
She planted it, and in the Spring,
When she returned to see if anything had grown,
She found.........a slender apple tree.
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Postby Beantighe » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:59 pm

Here's another one - one of mine this time, that I wrote a couple of years ago.

Hail to Yule

The storm-rent clouds blow dark and drear
Cov'ring all from far and near
The harshest wind blows bitter here
The summer's long departed.

Grey winter holds us all in thrall
As winter fuel we homeward haul
To store it dry in lean-to stall
For warmth and cheer intended.

With dark'ning days and spirits low
A few more days are still to go
Before the Yuletide candles glow
And Solstice fires are tended.

We bring indoors the Greenwood tree
And set it proud for all to see
The focus of festivity
The Sun's return awaited.

The Earth stands still, the time is come
We feel the motion, one by one
The Light's returning has begun
The Holly Lord defeated.

So lift your hearts and raise the horn
Drink to welcome Solstice morn
The Child of Hope is new reborn
With jubilation greeted!

(c) Beantighe 2006
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Postby Greymalkin » Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:10 am

That's lovely Beany, may I use it at my Yule ritual?
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Hail to Yule

Postby cornmother » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:19 am

Beantighe - that's lovely!
:)
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Postby Beantighe » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:34 am

So glad you like it!

Greymalkin, you're welcome to use it with pleasure! :D It'll be nice to think that a little bit of me will also be at your Yule ritual in spirit. I can't see me having any other Pagan company at Yule, much as I would love it.

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Postby iWitch » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:37 pm

Did anyone remember to submit their poetry to the PPP? It goes to the publishers soon. :wink:
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Postby Greymalkin » Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:01 am

Beantighe wrote: I can't see me having any other Pagan company at Yule, much as I would love it.

xxx


It's a shame you're so far away otherwise you would have been more than welcome round at mine.
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Postby Beantighe » Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:53 am

Aww, that's sweet of you, Greymalkin! :D Very much appreciated! :D :D
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