Charm & Poetry

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Writing a poem is a serious thing. Whatever forces are called on to help the poet as he or she summons the act of writing, they are not trivial. Chance, luck, and fate, binding and love, are some of the deep tidal pulses that people wish to influence. The course of a life is at stake.

All this was clearer to people living more immediate lives than we do; as knowledge grows, the imagination dwindles. If poetry is a form of healing, then poets must seek to restore a civilizing balance in our hearts.

Below RT offers a poem based on an Anglo-Saxon charm.

A couple of notes, however, before proceeding. First, “fierce wives” translates an Anglo-Saxon term that literally mean “victory women” and is related to the Valkyries of Germanic myth.

Second, the text below from the Wikipedia article on swarming should help the reader:

“A new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees, a process called swarming. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees. Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season. Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies.”



Against a Swarm of Bees


sit down, fierce wives:

forget the tangle and terror

of trees–remember me;


be tender in my need

and forsake your dark nest

for hearth and home.

© Copyright 2013, The Rag Tree.

Tarot Card: The Moon; Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck (15th century). WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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