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witchsong trilogy (repost by request for Halloween)

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serenity blaze
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0 posted 10-27-2003 03:06 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for serenity blaze

I will clothe myself in sky
and plant one foot upon the earth
the other will be washed by tide
as fire plays the dance of mirth.
Stars will gather in my hair
lightning loosed by chant of tongue
gather herb in fold of skirt
quickly while this day is young.
I free the night from heaven's rule.
I greet the golden orb.
Walk with me into the wood
I tell will ye tales of yore.



"Children of the gatherers!
We remember ways of seed--
here there is no finger's blame--
the only path beneath the feet.
To stray is but a following--
shadows stroll behind a lead--
I caution you, don't follow me.
But I pray you'll meet me there."



Here is parting of the ways
for truth is something you must find...
so meet me in the forest--deep--
there you'll find a gasp of sky
once shaded by the branch of oaks--
two which cradled witches souls
graves of sister sacrifice
memorial to burning times.



"As above is so below."
Keep this vow of witch's rede:
"As ye harm none, do what thou wilt"
remembering that will is free...
Gather berries on the way,
herbs and flowers for the feast.
Meet me at the opening
in the center of the wood.



*  *  *

Part II (Into The Wood)


silent
sacred
solitude
the mother
cushions
soles of feet--
I enter under canopy
I enter blood's divinity
there the snake becomes the wheel
swallow tail's eternity
ouroboros is calling me
deep into the mother's womb.



Patterns
pulsing
pointedly
the father
is a lantern's light
dappling
in black and white
giving vein to leaves of tree--
the wind in shake of tambourine
branches quake in giggling
like geisha blushing behind fan...



There--I spy a shape of leaf--
I stoop to take just what I need
here, there is no need of greed--
I leave the plant and it re-seeds
to feed another's traveling.



I pick the berries black and wild--
smiling when the bite weeps red
juices on me reconcile
bleeding proof that I am wed.
Bloodstains on the marriage bed
witness union of divine--
water changed into the wine
watch me stumble in the wood
tripping over oaken root--
I have found the centered sky.



*   *   *


The Clearing Part III



Grace--
a ballet in my bones
even in my awkward toes
Grace--
a tilting of one wing
wobbled flight
pinfeathering--
this brown wren can fly.



How could I? I pray--tell me--
deny the sky in beckoning
the bright of Him so cradling
arms in span and loving wise
begging me to sing again--
applauding this bedraggled child?



So I stepped out from the wood
in the meadow grasses tall
spears of yellow turning green--
technicolor healing glee
this time mother welcomed me--
This time there was no wailing wall.

Butterflies and bumblebees
dragonfly of lavender
sparkles dervished in my eyes
spiral mystic from the sky
reminding me of Gatherers--
I wanted them to see this too.

So I picked up branch and twig
and bundled them in circling
around the trunks of fallen oaks.
I twined the herbs of borrowed time
blessed them, "make ye heady smoke"
Praying friends would find the way--
for I cannot feast alone.



I sat in wait upon the trunk
of the huge uprooted oak,
the other stood there skeletal
split in two by lightning
dark wood splintered in accuse:
"You rest upon a sister's grave."
Shamed by this admonishment
I sat cross-legged on the ground,
and there I prayed until I dozed--
dreaming I was wren in flight.

*   *   *


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1 posted 10-27-2003 03:14 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Thank goodness for requests...it wasn't quite feeling like the midnight hour without this!
littlewing
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2 posted 10-27-2003 03:20 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

Karen:  you posted these seperate before,
this is much better . .  I am sitting cross legged and listening . . .

I caution you, don't follow me.
But I pray you'll meet me there."

well . .  yes certainly
the signals are getting clearer
and this is a masterpiece
You know this, yes?
Yes, it is . . .
*smile*
My God . . . chills here
you astound me
Love You Lady
xxoo
icebox
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3 posted 10-27-2003 06:31 PM       View Profile for icebox   Email icebox   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for icebox

I was told many years ago that there are only a few rivers on this planet that actually matter to the existence of humans.  You happen to live by one of these, the "rivers of dreams."  It is reflected in your poetry and, though I guess at this, also in your life.

You are a wonderful poet, an interesting witch.  We survived writing a duet once; I wonder if we would survive making real magik as "une paire dans la nuit de magie."

That is curiosity, not an inquiry.  *smile*

Have a safe and special Samhain my friend.

[This message has been edited by icebox (10-28-2003 10:37 AM).]

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I will clothe myself in sky
and plant one foot upon the earth
the other will be washed by tide
as fire plays the dance of mirth.
Stars will gather in my hair
lightning loosed by chant of tongue
gather herb in fold of skirt
quickly while this day is young.
I free the night from heaven's rule.
I greet the golden orb.

===========================


and methinks me would walk on me mothylips to see it.

YOU ROCK baby-girl times 3 ...
only you could of written this candle dance of rhyme, rhythm and vision.

You're the color of the sky reflected in each store-front window pane ...
You're the whispering and the sighing of my tires in the rain.

J. Browne

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5 posted 10-27-2003 08:56 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

You're no wren to me, serene one...eagle, maybe.

This is SO your style, cajun lady. It suits you well....and reminds me of how good you really are..
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6 posted 10-27-2003 09:14 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Balladeer is SO right K.
This is your style...Blessed Be.
Love ya lady!
Hugs~

~Time has cast a spell on you,
  So you won't ever forget me~

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7 posted 10-27-2003 09:18 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

floored...you KNOW that i l@ve this..of course you know..you always know
A Romantic Heart
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8 posted 10-28-2003 02:16 AM       View Profile for A Romantic Heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for A Romantic Heart

oooh---hooo---witchy woman see how high she flies....

enjoyed your Halloween poetry!


~ARH
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

True poets don't write with the ink of quill or pen, but with the ink of their heart~
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9 posted 10-28-2003 02:50 AM       View Profile for Magicmystery   Email Magicmystery   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Magicmystery's Home Page   View IP for Magicmystery

    
Great Mother!!!! This was so awesome!!!! I too am glad that there is such a thing as requests and reposts... I would have hated to miss this one. What a treat!!!  I found myself getting up, realizing the length, to pour myself a glass of wine which I will gladly toast now to this fantastic work of art.  You have such a knack of drawing the reader into your vision.  I found myself following you into the wood, into the clearing .... wonderful description "centered sky" I had a good time immersed in this one.  I will probably read it again tonight and most definitely it finds its way into my treasure chest for future enjoyment.

Blessed Be            
Sherry                    


Cherish the good memories of the past and look forward to the adventure called Tomorrow. But above all... be kind to yourself today.

[This message has been edited by Magicmystery (10-28-2003 03:10 AM).]

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10 posted 10-28-2003 07:28 AM       View Profile for ice   Email ice   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ice

Oh, I like this epoch poem...Far too many good lines and parts to highlight....But I do especailly look for myths in poems, of course this poem is pure myth, again, it is hard to pick out extra good parts, how can one do that when the whole poem is excellent?
I love the poem in general,but this part in particular...

"there the snake becomes the wheel
swallow tail's eternity
ouroboros is calling me
deep into the mother's womb"
*
enjoyed the read......ice/ford

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11 posted 10-28-2003 11:26 AM       View Profile for green_itchy_stuff   Email green_itchy_stuff   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for green_itchy_stuff

Good Samhain, to you serenity
Great write.

GIS

All that is great once was small.

[Im the one thats going to die when its time for me to die.  So let me live my life the way I want to.]-JIMI

serenity blaze
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12 posted 10-28-2003 11:36 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Thanks so much. The generosity of your praise warms me very much, as this is one of my personal favorites as it captured much of the spirit of my feeling for Samhein.

Deer? such praise from YOU makes me blush happy. Thanks you.

and my dear friend icebox--giggling here but nodding my head--yes, I do believe that there IS much that you could teach me.

And thanks to all of you of course. Have a wonderful holiday, however you choose to honor it.

Dark Angel
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13 posted 10-31-2004 06:51 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh I went looking for this for it is one of my favourites by you and yanno? I can't beleive I hadn't replied, forgive me m'lady? I thought I had

Awesome this Awesome YOU!

going into my library.

Mxx

Oh, you speak to me in riddles
and you speak to me in rhymes
My body aches to breathe your breath
Your words keep me alive
~Sarah McLaughlan~

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14 posted 10-31-2004 08:47 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun


One of the absolute best ever halloween treats!
thanks to our Angel for retrieving this
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15 posted 10-31-2004 10:01 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well now this is a special treat today for sure!  

    

Oh Blessed Be Serene One ~ What a fabulous write by the way.  Loved the myth of it all yanno?
serenity blaze
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16 posted 10-31-2004 11:29 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

smiling wide...

cuddles

tonight was grand

thank you
 
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