Thursday 18 June 2020


Motionless he waits at the forest's edge
beside the stream from sacred spring
just before sundown, that threshold time
when owls and nighthawks take to the wing.

He's dressed in feathers and tattered robes
held together with bindweed twine,
and a skull-crowned staff is his constant companion
that's been with him since the beginning of time.

In his blue eyes there's a kind of madness
that tells of years spent in isolation
and contemplation of the meaning of life,
in the severity of wildwood habitation.

The impressionable mind could be forgiven
for mistaking him for a woodland shade,
for his appearance is uncommon and Otherworldly
as he flits like a deer between thicket and glade.

Now emerging from a tree to deliver his prophesy:
a torrent of utterances in archaic tongue
that tells of the doctrines Christianity ousted
and the slaughtered Druids, their accomplishments unsung.

The old ways are lost now, he mournfully laments,
are replaced by technology's virtual living.
Oh what a disaster - I see it coming -
mankind's undoing through lack of thanksgiving.

The planet that sustains you must be respected,
sincere atonement is the only way.
You cannot continue just taking, taking,
or she, herself, will implode one dark day.

And I feel his warning in the fibre of my being:
in blood cell friction, Ancestral recall,
where I'm spirited back to the age before light,
to Arthur's Camelot where I'm caught up in thrall.

The Once and Future King he's tutored
in all things chivalrous and in justice true.
So why can't WE reflect this today?
I can't help thinking our reasoning's askew.

"Oh why won't you return, Lord Merlin," I plead,
"And remind us of all we've so carelessly forgotten -
like how to selflessly love and forgive,
and so heal a society that's become so rotten?"

I never left, the Archdruid replies,
It's just those cannot see me who are spiritually blind.
I dwell in the oak trees and I speak through the wind,
if you'd find me, then leave preconceptions behind.

You and the land have always been one,
but materialism has fractured your souls.
The macrocosm is still mirrored within you,
but your selfishness has filled it with myriad black holes.

Now returning to my century I clearly see
that moment in time when we planted the seed
that has grown and grown like a morbid tumour:
each soul incarnate debased by greed.

So I've made the decision to step aside
from the insanity that possesses mankind today.
I am a Druidess, my vocation is my work
with Merlin to keep annihilation at bay.


  1. Merlin 😊 loved it... Thanks for your sharing 😊

    1. Many thanks...and I'm really happy you liked it!!😊😊

      Hugs xxx

  2. That was gorgeous. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

    1. Thank you so much, CiL...I really appreciate that!😊😊

      Greetings from Hampshire.

  3. What a beautiful poem! Rich language and also an interesting topic.
    I think it would take more than just Merlin to fix us up; unfortunately, we haven't learned much from this pandemic.

    1. You are so kind...thank you!😊😊
      I agree...our future is largely in our own hands.
      Time to wake up...while there is still time.

  4. An impressive work, Ygraine 👍. I love it.
    I am waiting for your beautiful works.
    Take care of your health and stay safe, my friend 💚

    1. Oh thank you, Himawan...your kind words mean so very much!👍😊

      Please stay safe and well too, my friend. ❤❤

  5. OMG!!! I cannot believe how close our thoughts are and yet we have never met!
    My post from yesterday is but a poor country cousin compared to yours but our thoughts were definitely melded across the miles my dearest sister in spirit.
    You are also a Camelot spirit that is trying to find her way home again.
    Your fantastically stunning painting is mesmerizing! I want to walk into it and never look back!
    You Amazingly Talented Soul...My Sister in Spirit
    All My Love and Big Hugs ❤💗❤💗❤💗❤💗

  6. Dearest, dearest Jan...I could hardly believe it when I read your yesterday's post! It seems we even think in tune!!
    I'm certain we have known each other through many centuries and lifetimes...Sisters in Spirit in truth.🌹
    Your poem is definitely NOT a poor country cousin...more a work of genius. It totally entranced me, and left me feeling a kind of euphoria laced with renewed hope.😊😊
    Oh I hope against hope that we will find our way home again someday...hopefully together again...
    Oh thank, so much!!

    Sending you all my love and hugs, always. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  7. Wonderful painting and words. Such a good spiritual approach to the crazy reality we are facing today. Enjoyed.

  8. Oh I'm so happy you enjoyed, Anthony...and my sincerest thanks!😊😊

    Have a fabulous day...and stay safe!

  9. We are all these beings with light and ragged eyes, all lost in this urban and wild isolation that takes the color from the palette of painters and also from our hair.
    I really like the way you write, my sweet Ygraine
    Many kisses! You live in my heart! 💕

    1. Doug, my friend, your kind words mean so much to me...and their sincerity touches my Soul.
      Oh thank, so much!😊😊

      You are here in my heart too...many Kisses xxx

  10. very impressive, Ygraine. very enjoyable.

    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed, Richard...and many, many thanks! 😊😊

  11. Powerful. Beautiful. Hopeful. Emphatically True.

    1. Oh thank you so much, sincerest appreciation!😊😊

      Hugs and love ❤❤❤❤❤

  12. A lovely painting and your words are a masterpiece …
    Thank you.

    All the best Jan

    PS Yes, our weather has been wet, I stayed in and did some dusting! Lol!
    At least we didn't have snow like some experienced Thursday … and this is summer in the UK!!!
    Happy Friday and weekend wishes.

    1. Oh you are so kind, thank you so much!😊😊
      Haha, yes, summer in the just never know what to expect,do you?! Lol

      Have a super weekend!

      Hugs xxx

  13. Lovely art and nice poem. Although the medievalist that I am must say that Merlin was never a druid (although he might have been inspired by them).

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed...and many thanks!😊😊
      Yes, much controversy around the subject of Merlin throughout history. We regard "Merlin" the generic term for the many Druid priests who have risen to ARCHDRUID status since the oral tradition began. We each have our own personal image of "him" and the painting above is mine.
      The Dark Age period still remains largely a mystery, as there are very few written records. I guess that is why many historians still find it so intriguing.

      Have a great weekend!😊😊

  14. Oh i stand still and speechless like dwarf front of this giant piece of marvelous marvelous poetry dear Ygraine

    with few words in my vocabulary and fogy thoughts in my shaky head i am stunned with your mastery over harmony of expression and splendid selection of words !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is absolutely divinely done poem my friend a very powerful portrait that pulled me within completely :)

    such a treat for mind and soul and food for thought indeed

    being away from Nature and Natural way of living is hollowing us
    mislead by false temptations we are lost in darkness
    considering mirage a pond we are running towards cliff
    no one can save us from falling but if we
    but how it is possible when ego and lust are shiny blindfold

    we can just pray and try to play our part here fairly
    thank you for this magnificent poem dearest friend
    more grace of Lord to you
    precious Ygarine i have replied to your most lovely comment on my previous post

    1. Dearest Baili, I feel so honoured by your kind, kind words! It truly means so very much to me that we think alike and view the world in a similar way.
      My most heartfelt thanks, my dear friend.😊😊
      And I absolutely adore your amazing poem!! I love how it explains so eloquently the sad self-perpetuating predicament that mankind has found ourselves in now.
      You are so perceptive, dear Baili...and you inspire me more than you will ever know!

      Sending you all my love and hugs, always ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  15. Wonderful painting and poem, so open to interpretations, very creative. Have a lovely weekend!☺

    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Natalia...I appreciate your kind words so much!😊😊

      Wishing you a fabulous weekend too.

      Hugs xxx

  16. I don't know if the old uses and customs, if they were restored, would bring anything very positive. But I know, in any case, that your poem transports us virtually to an imaginary world that warns us that humanity must be more restrained in wanting to have everything and more.
    You were brilliant, once again, in this excellent poem. Congratulations on your poetic talent.
    Its new for me, but you are also a good painter.
    Have a nice weekend, my dear friend Ygraine. Stay safe.

    1. We could never be sure, could we...but I guess it is a deep disillusionment with life as it is, that prompts me to long to return to those long gone times when things seemed more straightforward, when Nature and the land were revered much more.
      My genuine and heartfelt thanks, Jaime...your kind words of encouragement are so precious to me. And I am so happy you enjoyed!!😊😊

      Have a magical weekend too...and stay safe my friend.

      Kisses xxx

  17. what a wonderful poem it is
    thank you

    1. I am so happy you liked the poem, Ikrom...and thank you so much!😊😊

      Have a great day...and stay safe!👍

  18. In fact, it is the painting that completes the poem. Because the excellent painting contains on the left side of the face the ending of the poem. After all, Ygraine is a woman with double foresight: faith but also art of faith by transforming a thought into a painting and a feeling into a poem.

    1. Oh WOW, I truly feel SO most heartfelt thanks, Yannis!
      I appreciate that so much...😊😊

      Have a great day...and stay safe.

      Hugs xxx

  19. I was here yesterday and got interrupted and just got back. Looking at your art work - wow, great job on that and the poem is amazing, full of wisdom and the part about a living in a virtual world lacking thanksgiving. So much in this poem is expressive of the state of the world. Good good job on this. I love it.

    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Sandy...and I am really happy you liked it!😊😊

      Have a super day...and stay safe!

      Hugs xxx

  20. Motionless He Waits, Brilliant - In His Blue Eyes, Madness - Yup, Been There - Another Wonderfully Deep Post - So Damn Creative - Thanx For Being You - Have A Amazing Week Ahead


    1. Thank you so much...and I'm really delighted that you liked it!😊😊
      Yep, been there too...too many times...Lol

      Have a brilliant day!

      Cheers 👍👍

  21. from this poem I understand the meaning of life that is by living simply and as it is even in a state of wealth

    1. Hopefully, a way of life we will all return to someday...well, I guess we can dream?😉
      Many thanks, Ibrahim.😊😊

      Have a great day.👍

  22. From Indonesia like your inspiring. Haha bener tidak ya saya ngomong

  23. As I published another poem, I visited your "home" to see if there were any news.
    There isn't, but I really enjoyed rereading your excellent poem.
    Have a beautiful day, dear Ygraine.

    1. Always a real pleasure to "see" you!!😊😊

      Wishing you a magical day too, Jaime...

      Kisses xxx


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