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Oh kelpie with your dripping mane
seducing valiant men of heart,
who by your spell would all be swain 
and every sense in them, depart.

Why weep you by the loch and tide?
What brought you from your kelpie depth?
Sure no desire is kept aside
from your cold, illusory breath. 

No longer do you haunt the bank,
but mourn a clever witch of wile
from whose enchanted cup you drank,
now captive to her charm and guile.

She'll bid you work a hundred years
in slavery chains for nigh
'til kelpie legend disappears 
for proper penance, hue and cry.

*In Scottish folklore, a kelpie is a malevolent water spirit in the form of a horse.
Kelpies were believed to inhabit lochs and rivers, and to lure men to their watery graves
by transforming into beautiful women, once drowned the kelpie would then eat the victim. 
The kelpie of this poem was the victim of a love enchantment, eagerly agreeing to a
lovesick life of slavery for penance of past misdeeds.  Ha, whoever heard of a repentant, lovesick kelpie?

Copyright © Thvia Stein

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  1. Date: 10/20/2010 8:48:00 AM
    Congratulations Thvia on your win in Nikko Palmario's contest "Yah for "K"!". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 8:07:00 AM
    Thvia, I had never heard of a Kelpie, but I may want to find a loch if they transform into beautiful Great write on an interestingly obscure topic. Congrats on your win. Dan C

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 6:28:00 AM
    The infamous Kelpie Thvia. Wonderful poem on the subject if I may say so. Many congratulations on your win in Nikko's contest >> James

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 3:28:00 AM
    A unique entry Thvia, congratulations on your win :) Wilma

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 8:03:00 PM
    I like how you made it sound like a classic poem too in your description of the kelpie. Yes, I had heard of this creature a little bit before. Congrats on your fine win. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 12:29:00 PM
    Very unique and interesting poem Thvia..congrats on your placement in Nikko's contest! take care~Deb

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 10:47:00 AM
    congrats on your win in the contest with this wonderful poem

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 10:31:00 AM
    Really a great new subject to me. Congratulations on your win. Love, joyce

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 9:36:00 AM
    "Congratulations Thvia on a poem well worthy of it's place in the top ten." Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 8:05:00 AM
    Thvia, I already mentioned below how much I enjoyed your poem....stopping by to offer kongrations on this superb poem and placement in Nikko's kontest!~Chris

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 7:53:00 AM
    This was one of the best entries for the contest, Thvia. Congratulations on your win! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 7:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win in the contest, Thvia

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 7:09:00 AM
    Hi Thvia! This was the first time that I even heard of the kelpie and I totally enjoyed it! ^_^ Such an interesting turn of events for that kelpie indeed! This was an informative yet also very entertaining read for me-- super congrats on your win :) Really love how you used Scottish folklore in your entry :) hugs, nikko :)

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 6:57:00 AM
    I had heard of the kelpie..but hadnt thought of it for a long time. Enjoyed! congratson your win. BG

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 6:00:00 AM
    Congrats Thvia on your big win in Nikko's K contest with this elegant write and outstanding piece luv.. hope u are enjoying a happy time with special one ... looking forward to your return u enjoy a sweet victory with luv.. my friend...

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 5:47:00 AM
    I'm here again but this time to congratulate you: Kuddos on your success in Nikko's Contest, Thvia!! Ruben.

  1. Date: 10/11/2010 10:59:00 PM
    Terrific poetry, young Lady!! Exceptional quatrains...and very interesting footnote. You're very talented. Ruben.

  1. Date: 10/7/2010 7:19:00 PM
    Great story well told. Loved it! Wayne

  1. Date: 10/7/2010 3:10:00 PM
    Nice mythological poem here. New one on me! Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 10/7/2010 11:06:00 AM
    It was a pleasure to read your poetry today Thvia. May your days always be filled with good health, love beyond expectation, and an overload of inspiration. The best to you in the contest should you enter it. Love, Carol