Tree — A Poem

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Tree,
they say you’d have a story to tell;
the things you must have seen
unrecorded by Man,
his story not being the same.
But why should you tell me?
If Odin was nailed to you
for days and nights,
his self imposed agony
for insight and divination,
then why should I find those runes
among this moss and muck?
I’d have to stay here a lifetime,
my back to the bark
to hear the whole tale,
whispered softly on the wind
around your mangled roots,
through these open spaces,
your gentle spirit’s presence —
amid the silence of seasons,
of years.

Copyright Francis 2021

January 9 – The Feast of Janus — Dinosaurs and Barbarians (Reblog)

January is the month of Janus, the ancient Roman god of new beginnings and the patron god of windows and doors – yes, I’m serious. He is depicted as a man with a double face, able to look forwards and backwards at the same time. This symbolizes reflecting on the past and looking towards the […]

January 9 – The Feast of Janus — Dinosaurs and Barbarians

Armour of God

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Is it Mars, or Ares,
this armour of God?
Or maybe Woden
nailed to the ashtree,
reaching for runes falling
to the ground?
This present paradigm
emasculates me, turning
warriors in fugitives —
truth into myth

Copyright Francis 2020

VJ’s Weekly Challenge #123 Warrior

Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife — Under the influence! (Reblog)

In many societies death needed a servant that would guide or bring the soul of the deceased to the place of the afterlife. Such servants were called psychopomps and presented here is a brief discussion of two psychopomps from Breton folklore and mythology.

Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife — Under the influence!

Animals and Injustice: Exploring The Motif of the Faithful Hound — Under the influence! (Reblog)

In this work we will briefly discuss human relationships with animals followed by a look at the main structure of the tale tale type of The Faithful Hound. Three examples of such tales from different countries will be retold before concluding with a few reflections that may offer a deeper insight into the story.

Animals and Injustice: Exploring The Motif of the Faithful Hound — Under the influence!

Runaway (Poem)

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Footprints along the strand
stretching off to nowhere

A beach all my own
save for curious gulls

eyeing from Hesperides’ skies.
Kernow was never so lush

or windswept; are they bells
pealing on the breeze, like

lost Lyonesse beckoning
to this broken soul?

Maybe heartless time is melting,
melding; I run and run

into the gelid ocean, the two
once twain — now consumed

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Unimagined Eden – A Poem — Suzette B’s Blog (Reblog)

When uncertainty pours life’s shattered beaker When normalcy, once was a friend; now a stranger And comfort’s companion; unsweetened comfiture. When building the temple of an expected future – Like jackhammering Herculean rock to Poseidon – Chisels invisible smoke into sculptures hidden. But – Blazing a new trail has never been, nor, ever is easy […]

Unimagined Eden – A Poem — Suzette B’s Blog

The Inexplicable Giant Mystery Stones Near Guadalajara Mexico — Hyacinth Research (Reblog)

Brien Foerster The post The Inexplicable Giant Mystery Stones Near Guadalajara Mexico appeared first on Hyacinth Research.

The Inexplicable Giant Mystery Stones Near Guadalajara Mexico — Hyacinth Research

*Fascinating material which should be taken more seriously in my view. Find a book along these lines here.

Blackbeard | The Man Behind One of The Most Notorious 18th Century Pirate That Ever Lived — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY (Reblog)

The strongest quality Blackbeard had were his ability to terrify others. It was a skill that allowed him to be a successful pirate without having to spill a lot of blood. He had a long black beard that would cover his whole face giving him a very menacing appearance. He is known for being one […]

Blackbeard | The Man Behind One of The Most Notorious 18th Century Pirate That Ever Lived — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY

Medieval Lore: The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries — Under the influence! (Reblog)

The rare and elusive, mythical, magical unicorn has been part of folklore and legend for centuries, evolving spectacularly into the modern age.

Medieval Lore: The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries — Under the influence!

*** Wonderful information here. The unicorn imagery is fascinating.