TSM 177 and earthweal’s OLW 83 — Rapunzel’s Prayer

When lady moon shines silver light,
a beacon in fall’s black ink night,
I see her through the window pane.
She weaves her plait of gleaming white

with nimble fingers, brown and veined;
an act profound yet so mundane.
Rapunzel, beloved priestess crone,
prepares to practice arts arcane.

Fresh-flowered steps barefoot to throne,
raises a staff of scrimshawed bone
and nods with grace, our Druid Queen.
With souls of trees, her voice intones,

From root to seed, from seed to tree,
let light prevail and darkness flee
from winds of heaven as we breathe.
Resist the dark, protect the weak.”

Today’s offering is a quatrain form with chain rhyme. I used some information from a Druid website for the prayer.

Carrie is today’s host of The Sunday Muse.  Thank you very much for your inspirational image.
I’m also linking this to earthweal‘s Open Link Weekend #83.

51 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Fantastic poem/story Li. Such an authentic feel to it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje thank you. It comes from the heart.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Always a pleasure my friend

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Carol anne.

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  2. This is so, so very good, Li. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Punam. ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Jen ❤

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      1. Jen Goldie says:

        It was beautifully written and a pleasure to read. 🦋

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  3. qbit says:

    “Rapunzel, beloved priestess crone” – perfect.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      q, thank you very much.

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  4. Carrie V. H. says:

    I am so glad you liked the image Lisa, and your poem is a magnificent quatrain! Beautiful!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carrie, this poem wouldn’t exist without it. Thank you.

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  5. Susie Clevenger says:

    I want to be a druid queen. 🙂 Love this poem!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Susie, thank you. The more the merrier (and the better chance we have to get through this mess.)

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      1. Gillena Cox says:

        OMG!!!
        Now i want to revisit Rapuenzel, given this fresh new perspective

        Good Sunday

        Much💖love

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Gillena, so pleased you are pleased by my poem, thank you. Happy Sunday to You.

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  6. Sherry Marr says:

    This is so wonderful! I especially love “beloved priestess crone” and “fresh-flowered steps barefoot to throne”.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sherry 🙂

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  7. loved your picture and words so intertwined.

    💖💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Cindy!

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  8. Dale says:

    Wonderfully done, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, thank you 🙂

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      1. Dale says:

        😊 The pleasure is mine.

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  9. Ingrid says:

    I love the depiction of Rapunzel as a ‘priestess crone.’ I was always sure there was more to that tale than meets the eye…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      haha! You and me both on more to the story. Thank you, Ingrid.

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  10. Jim says:

    I always liked Rapunzel in school, and I still do. Some times, as here, I felt sorry for her. Almost like a shut-in.
    ..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jim, thank you for your gentle comment about Rapunzel.

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  11. Brendan says:

    I read about bones found with notches in them to suggest lunar time, dating back to the Paleolithic. Our sense of moon-time and lunar lucence is as old as our minds. The poem is a charm for braiding moonlight into wombs and seeds and climbing trees.- b

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very very cool, Brendan. Evidently the crone wanted this to be shared. Thank you for your knowledge and interpretation.

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  12. hedgewitch says:

    I’m a fan of chained rhyme, and the quatrain form is a great showcase for it here. The image resonates in the incantation, and the old ways are braided in our DNA, if we will only look. Skillfully and musically done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hedgewitch, what you say about it being braided into our DNA sounds complementary to what Brendan is saying about the bone markings and the moon. Thank you for your seasoned feedback, it is much appreciated.

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  13. fireblossom32 says:

    Very nice.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Shay 🙂

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  14. wyndolynne says:

    This reads like a deep breath and a fable. Beautiful and elegant.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Wyndolynne, thank you and glad you enjoyed it.

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  15. writingwhatnots says:

    This is wonderful – and I love the prayer at the end.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Marion, thank you, glad you connect with the poem.

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  16. Helen Dehner says:

    Lisa, this is exquisite. The crone ~~ as aged wise woman (my goal.)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, thank you. I would consider it an honor to be called crone.

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  17. memadtwo says:

    That’s a wonderful photo. And the real Rapunzel, unmasked! Wise words. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The Sunday Muse has such good images to write to. Thank you, K.

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  18. Myrna says:

    This poem is superb. I love the crone Druid queen and her incantation which I’d like to join with the voice of trees.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Myrna!

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  19. Truedessa says:

    This is a wonderful tale. Great use of form and rhyme.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Truedessa 🙂

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  20. Lisa- so well done. This reads like casting a spell.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Linda. I hope it works.

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