A doorway in a northern town

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It took four men with ropes well oiled

to pull him screaming from his fate,

his boots and mouth and trousers soiled

a mind pulled from the edge, too late.

 

The faeries silver winged did dance

to see him tumble, weave and coil,

and now he views the world askance

with all his future hopes in spoil.

 

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Wolfgar Miere

Wed 10th Apr 2019 13:05

Thank you Hazel,

was the tone of pointlessness so obvious in my voice.

Life is relentless until it stops and we don't miss it when it does. I was dead for millennia before ever I existed, why worry?

David.

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Hazel ettridge

Wed 10th Apr 2019 09:32

And I enjoyed your comment (on the audio) about life just being background noise - that's exactly how it is most of the time for me.

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 9th Apr 2019 22:54

Thank you Rachel,

I too know nothing of faeries, mostly I suppose because they don't exist. As you say though the myths unfortunately do...they persist and will do so forever no doubt. Don't get me wrong, I love myth and legend when it stands alone and is not utilised to shield or mask other truths which are harmful to real living people

With the Roman Catholic Church identifying mental illness as possesion by demonic entities, deploying their snake charmers to do victims/sufferers even greater harm. When will it end?

People love the idea of good and evil. I had an acquaintance who would constantly remind me of how my behaviour identified so completely with my star sign...FFS! I had to ditch her I'm afraid, telling her I couldn't confine myself to the diktat of heavenly bodies, to do so would be to set restrictive limitations on possibilities. I am amazed that people still believe such nonsense.

So, I don't think you have gone off at a tangent at all, merely expanded on a theme.

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elPintor

Tue 9th Apr 2019 19:07

I don't know anything about fairies but I do, unfortunately, know too much about delicate and debilitating states of mind.

The association between mythical creatures and such states reminds me much of other myths put forth by more established belief systems such as being possessed by demons or "having demons". It's truly unfortunate the suffering such ignorance has caused.

Rachel

PS
I realize I've gone off on a tangent, but it's the only thing I could wrap my head around ;

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 8th Apr 2019 22:11

Thanks Ray, Martin and Dorothy.

It's great how we can begin reading about particular subjects, how they then can take us on to other writings which would have been unthinkable had we not been directed.

I started reading about faerie rings last night and ended up reading "The confessions of an English opium eater" finishing it at around 4AM...I mean who needs sleep on a Sunday night anyway?

David.

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Dorothy Webb

Mon 8th Apr 2019 17:11

Like Martin I do love myths and legends and wonder how far back in time they really take us.
We have a dying Ash tree in our field and,on occasions, a faerie ring encircles it completely (probably caused by rotting roots) does this make the ring more potent?
If I disappear you know where I will be.
Dorothy

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Martin Elder

Mon 8th Apr 2019 15:26

I love these folk tales that are revealed through poetry and song. beautifully delivered David

Nice one

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raypool

Mon 8th Apr 2019 14:28

Hi David. I'm quite glad I didn't comment on this initially - your explanation is wonderful and completes the circle of confusion (an optical term for the point of focus of a lens), rendering it an enlightening poem that hits that spot in a forceful way.

There are so many analogies in folklore as to give pause for thought on many levels. The mushroom circle reminds us of the standing stones. So much still to learn - but who from?
Coincidentally my latest today has an unworldly tone!

All the best mate.

Ray

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 8th Apr 2019 14:00

To extract a man from a faerie ring it was suggested in Olde England it took four men with ropes to pull him free. The association of faerie rings, mushrooms and trance like/hallucinatory behaviour seems to point to the ingestion of chemical substances either occurring in nature or man made.

These old myths are an indication of the use of hallucinatory substances dating way back in history.

This scribble is no doubt about addiction and the difficulties in extracting oneself from its grip, the doorways could be the new faerie rings, who knows?

"What then could be so dangerous about a circle of mushrooms? According to many English and Celtic tales, any human who enters a fairy ring will be forced to dance with the creatures, unable to stop until they go mad or perish of exhaustion. Dutch traditions tell of fairy rings that were created by the devil as a place to keep his milk churn, and any livestock that were to enter said circle would suffer the souring of their own milk. An Austrian legend also claims that fairy rings were the work of dragons that burned them into the ground with their fiery tails.

According to The Encyclopedia of Superstitions, a Northumberland tradition states that in order to investigate a fairy ring, one must run around it nine times under the full moon. If one were to accidentally add a tenth circle, “evil would befall the runner.”

Welsh tradition’s dire tale varies slightly in that the unfortunate consequences of a human’s arrival into a fairy ring are not brought about by the fairies themselves, but by the nature of their world. According to the legend of Llewellyn and Rhys, the pace of the fairy world differs from that of the human one; a person could dance for minutes in a fairy ring only to discover that it has been days or weeks in the human one. And if one manages to make it back into the human realm, the shock could easily kill them."

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