~ 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 ~