Polly

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The Journey

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Riding from far North they came
through snow and sleet and sheeting rain.
Ice formed behind them, frosted, cracked
red dragon scales, in parts, looked blacked.
On wings sheer clipped, their fire breath quenched,
onward, moving South, they went.

Flying ahead of the sunset West:
werewolves; sprites in fiery vests;
pixies pointing ears to learn
where coal black jackdaws crash and burn.
There is no place to hide.

Then from the sunrise in the East
the faerie queen on bounding beast
the size of which sees grown elves weep.
They hear her voice so light (though deep)
control the slavering ride.

Inch by inch from the dry drought South
a dead sheep carried in its mouth
the Kraken, skin scabbed, wracked and ripped
scouts for the havering hare who nips
at the frail fingers of sylvan wamblers.

Polly Stretton Β© 2014

Reposting this especially for Poetics: Snowed Under, Iced In, Cosying Up – not sure about the ‘cosying up’ bit though… πŸ˜‰

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62 thoughts on “The Journey

  1. Wonderful fantasy elements. πŸ™‚

    By the way, I love your header. Is this place near you?

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    • Ha! The fae are never far away πŸ™‚

      Glad you love my blog header, when you first wrote this comment it was a picture of Laugharne, about 130 miles away. Dylan Thomas lived and worked there. It is simply beautiful with some of the best walks in the UK – such a varied landscape, but that’s Wales for you. Now I have a photo of the centre of a sunflower, the most amazing thing!

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  2. Very stirring Polly! It reminds me of a piece I read as a child called The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. As always, well done!

    You are such a tease knowing already how much I wish to see Wales! πŸ™‚

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  3. You have the whole bunch here Polly! Excellent!

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  4. oh heck.. now that is a journey – and all kinds of fancy creatures showing up… nice bit of fantasy here polly

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    • I love me a bit of fantasy… as you do, Claudia πŸ™‚ These pieces are building to a significant if small collection… hmmm…

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  5. This one has a fire in its belly! Thanks for checking in, I have been very busy with school and unable to keep up with blogging and social media. I hope this finds you very well and dancing with imagination’s delights.

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    • Things have been and continue to be challenging – I shall be moving house and hope that when it happens I’ll be back on the blog in a more regular way. Like you, I’ve been unable to keep up for a while. Hope all is well with you and yours. Good to see you, Anna. x

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  6. Wonderful poem, so imaginative.

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  7. slavering! love this, Polly. it is epic. both lyrical and musical with an imaginative touch that is quite stunning.

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  8. Epic visuals and nice weaving of words.

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  9. The beginning of legend. k.

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  10. Wonderful, Polly! It’s lovely to read some pure fantasy poetry, and you do it so well. πŸ™‚

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  11. I love the fantasy elements… and there is a great rhythm to your words. An enjoyable read. πŸ™‚
    -HA

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    • Thank you HA (what is your name?) – I appreciate your comments and have looked at your blog, your poetry is interesting πŸ™‚

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  12. oh heck yeah….wow…vivid…and enchanting too…it sings as it is read…and tells the story…
    i love me some dragons so that was right up my alley….more more please….smiles.

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    • Ha! Thanks Brian – glad you like dragons, I’ve got a hashtag on my fae poems, so you might like to look at some of them πŸ™‚ It’s always great to get comments from you.

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  13. I love the fantasy, mythical story ~ Thanks for reposting Polly ~

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    • So pleased to see you’ve enjoyed it, Grace. It wasn’t posted to dVerse previously and seemed to fit the prompt, which I think is marvellous πŸ™‚

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  14. A new stop along the trail for me, & imagine my surprise to be immersed to my eyes in Fae World; incredible imagery here; like GAME OF THRONES meets several other fantasy games & novels; smacks of the epic. If you dig epic story lines, I have a Western series of poem/screenplays called BLACKTHORNE over at my site; just posted episode 32.

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    • Thank you, Glenn – glad you appreciated the imagery, so cool to have ‘The Journey’ compared to Game of Thrones, a fave of mine, can’t wait for Series 5! I love epic story lines, so will take a mooch through your Western series. Cheers πŸ™‚

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  15. Oh, what a wonderful tale… And the cadence in this is fabulous! Love the coal black jackdaw lines especially, I felt like I could see it all.

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  16. What an enchanting tale!

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  17. Great fantasy journey that reminded me of other epics like The Hobbit. Are you from Wales Polly? It is one of my favorite places in the UK.

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  18. What a magical and delightful read! Makes the snowy season quite bearable. Smiles.

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  19. It is no wonder the awesome power of nature inspires so many beautiful mythological poetic expressions like the one you present us today…

    To praise nature in all its awesome imagination that we only witness with limited human eyes.. are the eyes of imagination that see farther than any other animal likely can…

    The dreams are the advantage.. the nightmares of imagination are the pitfalls.. of dark and light…

    but where imagination reins is human magic set afire..

    IN even more than one could think nature possesses alone..:)

    We are the eyes of the imagination of Nature..

    set Free.. where imagination and creativity..

    rule the human heart.. instead of false order…

    of rationed brain..

    grinding halting

    grooves in side

    walk

    talk…

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  20. Delightful! A nice fantasy element for our cold winter poetry

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  21. oh that is beautifully woven polly – reminds me of lord of the rings a bit – very nice fantasy elements in this

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  22. This reads so well and the images as well as the beasts and mythology, a very worthy repost.

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  23. I like your style of writing….I was quite taken in….I, too, want to see Wales someday.

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    • Thanks Kathy, what a great thing to say. Must tell you that Wales, every part of it, is a wonderful place. Do take the opportunity to visit whenever you can. I’ll ask you, and Gabriella, and any / all of my blogging friends to give me a shout if / when you do and I’ll be sure to meet up with you πŸ™‚

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  24. The harbingers of cold! The bringers of cold! Those pixies! They have mainly brought ice this year–an odd one this side of the pond. Thanks, Polly–wonderful sound here–the rhyme and meter terrific. k.

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  25. Ha… reminded me of family attempting to travel during the holidays, across states, through a snow storm… nice images too

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    • heh-heh…hope you allude to the weather conditions only, Patricia…the beasties, even metaphorically, would be a bit much! From your wonderful ‘Whiteout Woods’ I see you have extreme conditions to cope with…

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  26. What a fabulous tale.

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