Copse ‘n’ Corpse (Part 19)

~ Copse ‘n’ Corpse (Part 19) ~ By ~ Dewin Nefol ~


Flap, fuss, feathered rumpus,

Then snafus abruptly ended.

Back to flocks upon dark rocks,

Amongst the mass they blended.


Yet four remained as if restrained –

 Compelled or obligated,

At cardinal points about the crack,

Which lightening had created.


Stood East of me; West of he,

A Raven black and bold.

As dark as night but in this light,

Feathered purple, blue and gold.


His piercing stare laid me bare,

His eyes probed my soul,

Twas if he weighed the heart of me,

Or measured me as a whole.


Though squinting into brightening haze,

I unflinching held his gaze: and

Whilst no fear or troubling doubt,

Seeds of unease began to sprout.


When then again a shrilling chirp:

High upon the sunlit scarp.

From her perch on warming stones,

Revealing words, melodic tones.


“Tethers severed, spells untied,”

“Like brume,” she said, “Sentinels rise.”

“Sentries of Secrets, Stewards of Stones,

Guardians of Relics, Keepers of Bones.”


She paused briefly, albeit fleetingly,

Her song noted with mirth.

I attentively, listened carefully,

Eager for words of worth.

“In days of yore, beneath this shore:

An Age fabled in rhyme,

A sapient Sage with benign intent,

Found an ancient shrine.”


“Twas hidden deep at tunnel’s end,

A chamber hewn by hand,

From the shore a passage led,

Through sandstone rock inland.”


“At its core an upright block,

A stela of meteoric rock,

Precisely chiselled, polished, pristine,

Upon it carved, ‘Beholder’s Dream.”


“Enshrined behind this centre piece,

Within a crevice, between a crease,

Articles of virtu, objet d’art,

Sooth for a Sage’s spiritual heart.”


“There he practiced, honed his craft,

Learnt mystical ways, esoteric Arts.

Guided always in his endeavour,

By arcane texts, ineffable treasure.”


“Long years passed until at last,

His sagacity was unsurpassed.

More puissant than all who’d come before,

He the Raven called Nevermore!”


Silence lingered, when then she cried,

“Walk!” She urged, “be by his side.”

“The way is clear, dispel your fear,”

“Stride-on,” said she, “become the Seer.”


~ Copse ‘n’ Corpse (Part 18) precedes this post. Part 20 to follow shortly ~


18 thoughts on “Copse ‘n’ Corpse (Part 19)

  1. “A Raven black and bold.

    As dark as night but in this light,

    Feathered purple, blue and gold.


    His piercing stare laid me bare,

    His eyes probed my soul,

    Twas if he weighed the heart of me,

    Or measured me as a whole.”

    You are truly brilliant.

    • Thank you for taking a detour from your adventures down-under to stop-by and leave a delightful comment 😀 Pleased indeed you’ve enjoyed the read and found favourite lines therein. Thank you Cindy.

      Personally, I’ve always been very partial to Ravens and find their complex symbolism quite fascinating. It is only in recent times that they’ve been attributed negative characteristics. I for one believe the Raven – and Nevermore in particular – has far more to offer than uneducated conjecture and mere superstition.

      This instalment is perhaps a little hurried in places, but I think there’s enough intrigue remaining to brighten a couple more chapters yet. The poem is nearing conclusion and I’ve my own deadline in mind: it’d be good to meet that date and close the story.

      Hoping all is well wherever you may currently be. Enjoy the remainder of your antipodean journey.


  2. Loving this turn of the tale dear Dewin, as those Raven gathered the measure of one’s heart..

    A Seer indeed from time long past, his energy calved the walls with words to last,
    ” Beholder’s Dream” as only a dreamer understands, To follow in footprints in the sand
    To walk beside the Sage of old, an apprentice now one might behold,
    Is given the task to conquer fear, as he journey’s onward becoming the Seer..

    Brilliant chapter Dewin…
    A joy to read and a delight to be back among the magic of your words.

    Have a wonderful evening and week ahead my friend …

    • Hey Sue, how are you? Well and warm despite the storms I hope 😀

      Sorry to delay a reply my friend, it’s been a busy few days, but gratefully I’ve a little time and space to respond. Your generous comment and artful rhyme delighted me no end, thank you! Thank you also for your inspiring wit and wisdom, which always leaves a smile 😀

      Yes indeed, it does appear the protagonist has been well rewarded for his kind endeavour and sincere striving. One might wonder – as I often do too (!) – quite where he will journey onto. But I think, in time, he’ll be fine if given a little room to grow. No doubt he’ll get all the encouragement he needs to succeed!

      Thank you for your readership and expressing your enjoyment. Always a pleasure to have you stop by 😀

      From one dreamer to another, have an enchanting week! Take care,


      • Hi dear Dewin… Life is for living my friend, and that is what I was doing most of last week… lol.. Away from the net.. Entertaining our granddaughter on her sleep overs during half term… And I am so enjoying the way your poem is unfolding Dewin.. The journey often takes us on a trail of its own.. which may bring its own surprises we never intended, but I always feel the Universe has a message within all of our stories, if we read deeper into the tale..
        I hope your week got off to a good start, I wish I could say the same for the weather!… But I have been cosy, knitting and painting, baking and soup making, I have to say I have not missed technology this week.. 🙂 But today its time to catch up here again and maybe ponder upon a new post or two.. 🙂
        Take care and stay Blessed

        • Delighted to hear from you Sue. You sound in fine fettle and as buoyant as ever: your week without the Internet was obviously a wholly worthwhile break. I know how much you and your granddaughter enjoy each other’s company and imagine the week was a great success.

          The writing process is I think, itself a journey, and the act of writing an opportunity to engage with ideas, thoughts and notions and discuss them internally with an open-heart and a discerning mind so as to achieve contentment and peace of mind. It is at once as expansive as it is contractive in much the same way as writing poetry can be: distilling myriad thoughts and grand ideas into small sentences using smaller words. But the whim and will of the pen is often stronger than the conscious act, and does indeed take the writer into, through, and sometimes beyond uncharted areas, wandering thoughtful trails never before trodden. It is exciting to explore new paths with new horizons, but equally, also very tiring remaining objectively aware and fully engaged.

          I think you are right to suggest the pen’s deviation from an expected course inspires deeper insight, and the story more rounded as a result.

          My week has been enjoyable thus far and I see no reason why that shouldn’t continue. Perhaps I’ve not achieved all that I’d set out to do – the weather hasn’t been considerate at all, so outdoor activities have taken a bit of a back seat. However, I got to see Alice (the Whippet) in full flow as she ran the riverbank chasing Swans launching themselves from the water. I am still in awe of her mercurial pace!

          It sounds as if you’ve been busy Sue and the smiling emoji tells me you’ve enjoyed every minute of it as well 😀 Wonderful. Fingers crossed your weekend will be equally as pleasant.

          Thank you for stopping-by and saying hello. Take care of one and all.


    • Lol 😀 Well of course I couldn’t resist – nor deprive you Liz – of a cliffhanger ending to this chapter! But, it is not yet the conclusion of the story! Chapter 20 has just been published along with the suggestion that Chapter 21 will follow.

      Thank you for enjoying my portrayal of Nevermore the Raven. I’ve been trying to think of ways to express his layered complexity. I’m finding it a challenge in as much that I don’t want to diminish his mystery or over-indulge his character. I’d like him to remain enigmatic, but only time will tell if I’ve succeeded. Any thoughts would be most welcome, thank you.

      Thank you for kind comment and enthusiasm 😀

      Enjoy a wonderful week. Take care in the snow!


      • I’ve been thinking as I’ve read these latest installments that when it’s finished, I need to read the whole sage as a single narrative. I hope you have a good week as well, Dewin!

        • Thank you, that would be greatly appreciated…and of course, any feedback gratefully acknowledged and most welcome! Therefore, I shall endeavour to leave no stone unturned, or loose thread without an ending! 😀

          Whilst I hadn’t anticipated the story being quite so long, I have, very broadly speaking, and largely unconsciously, tried to consider the tale being told having some sort of a beginning, middle and end. The narrative is also linear. I’m not one for blue-printing and try to retain details of the story in my mind, however, I’ve read it through several times end-to-end if only to ensure there is a sense of continuity in the narrative. I wrote my book, ‘The Wizard of Wands’ in a similar way: as one continuous poem of about 5000 lines before then breaking it down into chapters and rearranging them to publish. This poem is a little different in as much that the focus has remained entirely on one character throughout the story, but upon reflection, that might be because it is written as a recollection in the first person. Interestingly, the movie 1917 is filmed in much the same way…the main protagonist is always in shot. Perhaps this is standard form with this type of storytelling?

          Grateful for your attention Liz, thank you.


          • I haven’t seen 1917 yet, although it’s on my must-see list. From what I’ve read, it’s filmed in the equivalent of present tense, with the point of view third person, allowing the viewer to witness the events as they unfold in real time, which gives them a sense of immediacy. On the other hand, the nice thing about a first person story told as a recollection is that the fact that the narrator lived through the events and is reflecting back adds a layer of depth.

  3. Thank you for defining terms and detailing my thoughts Liz. I’m encouraged to explore more fully changes of perspectives in writing styles. I find such technicalities sometimes tricky to navigate, but hope I’ve been consistent throughout in my approach to telling this story.

    I hope you will get to see 1917, it has received widespread acclaim and is an excellent film, which will add great depth to reading D.H. Lawrence.

    Thanks again Liz. Have a good day,


    • Hey Maria,

      Thank you for your appreciative comment. I’m pleased you enjoyed this installment and hope the remaining couple of chapters will satisfy your curiosity. I’m keen to see where the whim and will of the quill might take me, and what indeed it has mind for the protagonist!

      Thanks for reading. Enjoy the remainder of your week.


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