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Earthwizard's Realms of Faërie

March, 15, 2005

Earthwizard's Realms of Faërie

Oak seers of old forsaw the destiny of dragons and unicorns...

		Artwork (c) Jessica Galbreth
		Legend of the Rowan Tree:
	      The Lady of the Mountains
	             for Imbolc
	Druid lore chooses her well
	for the fires of Imbolc:
	invoking spirits of the fys 
	and dead warriors: 
	divining visions, marking lays;
	bringing in the new year with her frays;
	measure of the weaving tongue allayed,
	her red berries spread wide 
	on newly flayed hides 
	of bulls, on Brigid's Holy Days.
	Out of the mist both fy 
	and warrior, rise
	above the fires of the circled rowans,
	where the Oak Seer 
	begins his intoning lays:
	staff in hand 
	he casts the circle wide,
	releasing the swirling 
	fire-dragon from his caverned lair;
	tamed by the wisdom 
	of his elder eyes,
	the golden dragon 
	above ancient ley lines flies 
	amidst the stone circle 
	of rowan trees, 
	where spirits of the dead 
	wait silently
	in the hollows 
	of the long night's voyage,
	for a chance taste 
	of the Quickening Tree of Dubhous:
	the fruit of which a centenary man, 
	fruit bitten: at thirty, finds 
	his strength regained in hand 
	and arm, begotten. so remember 
	well the Druid's oaken words: 
	"When the eye breaks red on green, 
	the crag bound queen's delight 
	begins its ageless cycle to renew; 
	spark the Imbolc fires, 
	see the spirit life's tryst, 
	the freeborn tribes rise 
	out of beginning times 
	where the eagle flies 
	above Mide's ageless skies:
	their burden to forecast 
	the lovers trysting sighs, 
	and a king's demise."
	  - Earthwizard, aka, Steven Craig Hickman
   (c)  November 18, 2003

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