…So Ewan stood up
and went to the door in the rock,
and called to the hermit,
who came to the doorway and stood
shading his eyes with his hand…
The hermit took in the figure
which stood on the threshold
and invited him into his cave.
He bade him sit at his table and eat.
As Ewan sat and ate he found himself
telling the tale of the child that came to his kingdom
and led him from it into his new life
as a wanderer of which this was his first encounter.
“Aye,” said the hermit, “desire is a child, yet will he
take a man by the hand and lead him away.”
And Ewan was astonished at the hermit’s wisdom…