Demdike’s Lament: Return of the Druid

Demdike’s Lament: Return of the Druid

   Kotabinski

In the days of old they called us

the Wise Women

and begged our aid

when the world beat against them.

The Druids crowned us

High Priestesses –

we raised storms to keep

the invaders at bay.

Dancers span spells

and wrought powerful potions,

bringing new life into being

and healing ill.

We brewed roots, bark, plants and

poisoned berries

and sang to claim the winds and wilds.

Waterhouse

Then the clergy spoke and made

all the Cunning

into Heretics,

ostracized from the Divine.

We terrified them

and were ground down

under the boot of

the cruel Inquisition.

We became Witches

 and the burnings began.

But we never honored Satan –

only nature.

Yet those put to question

still gave up

their friends to fire and gallows.

Nesbit

We now roam the land as Vagabonds

telling futures

and changing luck.

Skilled eyes that can pierce through the veil

will be Clairvoyants,

 mastering the spirit world.

When doctors and science

fail to tame the feral –

they will label us mad and

damaged Hysterics.

Yet healers always find new ways

to combat superstition.

And when faith returns

I know Wise Women

will ride the moon once again.

Pictures:

Wilhelm Kotabinski

John William Waterhouse

Evelyn Nesbit

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