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Celtic Mother

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Celtic Mother

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In the time of dead leaves, 
when wide-eyed things
frowned at sound, 
and snow fell through fog, 
a red berry circlet
crowned her hair.

When hunger stilled infants
and frost shrouded ancients, 
wrinkled laughter dappled
forests, glades, fens.
Her talons clawed
life through death, 
veil through veil.

Mother. Hag. Virgin whore.
Giver, taker, wise before
gods' birth.

In the time of black robes, 
when men killed
for one mouth of meat, 
she walked naked
on frozen fields, 
and the earth
shuddered
its young
upwards.

Mother. Midwife. Woman.
She was breathtaking.


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  1. Date: 10/10/2013 7:08:00 PM
    Thoroughly enjoyed your description of a medieval, celtic woman....my favorite time period! Thx for sharing, Julie :-)

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 10/11/2013 10:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    This work has much truth in it. I don't doubt that at times it happened. Thanks!
  1. Date: 10/7/2013 5:33:00 PM
    I adore earth goddess portraits and yours is a furiously beautiful write. Sorry for the loss of your friend. Welcome to the Soup.

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 10/11/2013 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Indeed, the Earth is home to countless mysteries. Thank you.
  1. Date: 9/25/2013 8:41:00 PM
    this is one heck of a poem.......I don't know if I get its meaning, but it feels ancient and earthy.

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 9/27/2013 8:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, and Good Morning!
  1. Date: 9/25/2013 7:15:00 AM
    This was written for a man in England, who was my friend at poemhunter.com. 'Whirling Dervish' has since died, this year. Great poet, great friend...John Dixon, owner of Austteiger publications. You are missed every day, John.

  1. Date: 9/25/2013 6:41:00 AM
    - A poem I really like reading ... you are skilled, Elysabeth! - Lovely poem. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 9/25/2013 7:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, ma'am.
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 7:52:00 AM
    fantastic write, I like the discritpions you use to describe both real and perceived the ending ones being the best ~always pd

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 9/24/2013 8:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you. It's always so lovely to get comments on things I write...is there anywhere here I can post part of a murder mystery?