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The Creature
by Rowena Whaling



I live in the tangle-wood with the Deer of the Forest
The Hunter watches over me...
I Weave in my Raven locks Twine, twig and flora 
Wood-heather, Thyme and Rosemary...

I break no man’s peace and have Loved the Earth dearly  
Covet not wealth...  Covet not wealth... cause no calamity...  
So why has this trial befallen me?

They call me The Creature...
I come it by Nature...
My Mother, Morganna Le Faye...

Creature...

The old King lies wounded – Gwenyfar’s at Glastonbury     
The Mist encroaches Affalon...
The Dux are all scattered
The land is torn and battered
The Merlin’s Magic is dead and gone...

Great Dragon ships are landing
On our shores they are standing
So I would think, yes I would think
They would have better things to do
Than to burn me a Witch and stake me heart through...

They call me The Creature...

The Gods of the Old Ones, with their Spells and Incantations
They give me little peace of mind
And the Spirits of the Lochs and Streams
And the Stones in the cross-roads
Their gentle faces are hard to find...

The new religion’s powers have me locked in these towers 
But I care not, no, I care not -
Their accusations are un-true...
And I laugh at their fear that I disappear in a smoke of blue...

They call me The Creature...

A daughter I am true and born
not sprung from Witches’ clatter
A child of Beltane, blessed free
No Father’s hand can claim me
No husband’s rule will tame me
If thus I die, then blessed be!

By trial and by Fire, fan the Flames ever higher
I will not beg, will not cry out
They will get nothing out of me...
But never rest you easy,    
behind thy shoulder I might be...

They call me The Creature...


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