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Caladur: Hermitage…

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…Before long Ewan emerged from the dark wood

to find himself standing in an open grove of silver birches…

Beyond the grove ran a stream, burbling,

and beyond the stream was a bank with great beeches on it.

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Ewan left the forest path and crossed the stream

to where the ground rose higher and higher

leaving the beeches behind

he came to a small lawn

cut before a cliff-face of red sand.

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In the cliff-face he spied two steps,

and a doorway and two windows carved,

like the door and windows of a church,

and he knew it to be a hermitage…

 

Caladur: Dark Wood…

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…So, Ewan walked on alone into the high wood,

and for a time the sun was obsccured

by the thick pines which clustered above his head.

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As he walked it came into his mind

that he was now a new man

and he thought again of the strange child

that had come into his world and led him from it.

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It seemed to him then that the child

still danced before him along the forest path

which wound its way this way and that…

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A Wild Mother…

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Mother-Wild has not only the experience

of her forebears and the accepted rules

of the clan to guide her,

she seeks to learn also from

ants, bees, spiders and badgers.

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She studies the family life of the birds.

To her and her child the birds are real people,

who live close to the mysterium.

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The murmuring trees breathe its presence.

The falling waters chant its praise.

– Ohiyesa

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Dereliction of Duty…

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…It was a day of surprises.

For the matter beneath his feet to commence shaking was a surprise because it had shown no prior predilection so to do and hence had come to be regarded as stable.

Given the ‘most stable’s’ new propensity, somewhat less of a surprise but still, unthinkable, his previously stable walls also began to shake.

The third surprise came hot on the heels of the other two.

As the usually reliable roof-tiles cascaded around his head, he realised that a shock-wave could be seen with the naked eye.

It was the last thing he saw.

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