Inspired by F1. 12 and F2.12
Give and Take
Do they approach on battlefield, or appear
in rooms in darkest night?
Do they take, or do we give,
then glibly fib and flitter, cry “no,”
or ask why?
Does it matter when or how?
Werewolf, beast, fairy, or something else that bides
to pull our children from our sides—
we shut our eyes and let them go,
a sacrifice for king, country, gods–
a barter for food or fortune,
peace sans grace.
Paul Brookes is hosting a month-long ekphrastic challenge using folklore images to celebrate the launch of his new poetry collection, “As Folktaleteller.” You can see the images here and also read the other responses.
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Very interesting. Thanks for sharing! xx Michael
Thank you, Michael! 💙
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Thank you, Paul.
I think you’re right. They serve a purpose, to put the fear of God into simple folk and keep them in line.
Yes, I think that’s probably true.
I think this is a parent’s deep, dark night of the soul, the questions no one wants to ask.
Thank you. Yes, terrifying thoughts and questions.
How can we barter our children? And yet we do. (K)
So true, Kerfe.
I wonder if the battlefield imagery which haunts this poem is inspired by the battlefield close to your home?
The poem was inspired by the two images–Irish werewolves and changelings. As to what’s in my subconscious, who knows? 😏
A truly interesting challenge. I’ve read 2 now, on the host site. Honestly, I like your work best!
Awww–thank you so much! 😊
You and Holly are my fave poets. Hard t touch you guys! 🤩
Thank you. That is so very kind. 😘