Albion, Art

Tom Banjo…

*

Down the dark stairwell,  a silent progress plotted.

‘Twas death in that house were Tom but spotted.

…He reached the door, a tree-clad Owl hooted.

Three seconds more and Tom was Seven League Booted.

One stride it took to clear that grim ravine.

By the dimly waking watchers, Tom was never seen.

A toe hold caught the receding lip of night.

Poor Tom was spilled out and tumbled into flight…

*

In the glow far, far below…

A high, keening Kite.

*

*Tom Banjo is a character who appears in the Grateful Dead song entitled ‘Mountains of the Moon’. About two-thirds the way through the song, and upon hearing of the Marsh King’s daughter, Tom mysteriously disappears…

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