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The Cathedral
by Rowena Whaling



Holy, holy, holy…
The Cathedral soars in splendor…
Dragons guard the walls…
I light a candle, my beloved watching…
To bless these hallowed halls.

Holy, holy, holy…
Beneath the stones’ foundation
And crumbled to the bone…
An altar lies in ruin:
Odin’s ancient home…

Holy, holy, holy…
But Odin! You your self did fell
The Roman Mithras’ shrine
Whose warriors placed here to honor him…
On the bank of the River Rhine.

Holy, holy, holy…
From the east and south Mithras’ army came
Devouring Celtic lands…
Tearing down the sacred groves
Where the Oak King stretched his hands…

Holy, holy, holy…
The oaks in silent circle stood
round the place where long ago
The Old Ones placed a single stone
as a gate to the world below…

Holy, holy, holy…
There beneath the monolith lies
a long-forgotten grave…
Of a Priestess…Crone…a Seer…
A Poetess…and Sage…

Holy, holy, holy…
When I die, do lay me here for my bones to rest…
For it is a fine view by the river,
and here the soil is blessed…
It is Holy, holy, holy…

But some were abashed she did not choose
A far more illustrious site –
Like the great stone circles…the wells of the Gods
Or the mounds of the Ancient Rites…

They are Holy, holy, holy!!!
But the Priestess said “Who can say ‘tis not good enough –
This lonely piece of earth…
Where I lay cradled in my Mother’s womb –
Who of you will judge it’s worth?!”
It is Holy, holy, holy!
“Look above, behold the blue expanse of our Mother’s eyes…
And sit ye down anywhere and rock in the lap
Of her generous thighs…”

Holy, holy, holy…
“Don’t make such a fuss for me when my time has come to die…
For after all, the Dragons will guard
Wherever I may lie…”
Holy, holy, holy…
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