Art, Folk Tale, symbolism

Gifted…

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Gyfu

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Merlin made immediate plans to return to the woods,

but when he ordered the gates open,

both his sister, Ganieda, and his wife, Gwendolina, implored him, with tears, to stay.

*

The hard-hearted man could not be turned from his course,

and gave Gwendolina permission to re-marry in his absence,

claiming that on the day of her marriage he would

return with gifts for her and her new spouse.

*

As Merlin made his way from the city back into the Caledonian woods,

his wife Gwendolina and his sister Ganeida watched him go.

*

In their sadness they yet marvelled that a madman

could have known about Ganieda’s secret love affair.

*

For long years his claims about the death of the boy appeared hollow,

until the lad grew to manhood, and was out hunting a stag one day.

*

The stag led the hunter and his hounds through unfrequented ways

to a high rocky place with a stream running beneath.

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Here the hunter slipped from his steed, fell from the high rock,

into a tree and from there, hanging upside down from

his foot which was caught in the branches, he was drowned

in the stream flowing beside the tree.

*

The three-fold death which Merlin foretold for the boy had come to pass.

 

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