Category Archives: Mythology

Cool of Day…

* …Abadel’s soul escaped from his body: it flew about the scene of slaughter and eventually settled on the tree of life, where it assumed the form of a serpent and coiled itself about the trunk. * Abadel’s blood lay … Continue reading

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Sapphire and Topaz…

* Abadam and his brother Abadel contended for the favour of Yva… * Abadam offered her sapphire while Abadel offered topaz. Yva was pleased with Abadel and she lay with him. Continue reading at France and Vincent

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The story of St Alban

The final post on our visit to the Abbey of St Albans a few years ago. Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six can be found by clicking the highlighted links. As it has taken me a week to … Continue reading

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Body and Soul…

* On the sixth day the earth was delivered of Abadam, the very image of the Spirit conceived in the likeness of a lump of clay. * The Spirit breathed life into the clod and Abadam rose to his feet. … Continue reading

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Songs of the Stone: Talon and Beak…

* …Now, one day the Leinster men were gathering together on their Game-Plain in order to take sport. “Those ravens are making a terrible cackle over there,” said one. “They have been cawing at each other like that for a … Continue reading

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Songs of the Stone: Bristle and Grunt…

  * Said Keiron-the-Holy to the Ogham Stone of Fergus… “A question, O Fergus Mc Roy, what was the cause of, ‘The Ulster Raid’. Some say it was the curse of two friends deprived of their friendship by the wiles … Continue reading

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A song of Gwythyr…

“A question, O Yoke-all-Craft, which art will you practise tonight?” So Gwythyr-the-Bright took out the harp of Tertiu-the-Melodious from his craneskin bag, and sang this lay: “In the name of wisdom: I will practise metre’s nurture, fear’s erasure, and honour’s … Continue reading

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Mother of all Living…

* The Spirit planted a garden on its holy mountain in the east. It was sown with trees whose fruits were blazing jewels: diamond, sapphire, and agate, emerald, sardonyx and cornelian, opal, beryl, and topaz, malachite, garnet and amethyst. * … Continue reading

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But ‘n’ Ben…

Gauche… Gangly… Currently scrofulous… Bark Jaw-Dark contemplated the pork pie he had recently fished from the depths of the jacket pocket of his un-pressed suit and placed it whole in his mouth. “Hey, Jordache!” “Jaw-Dark,” spluttered Bark through the pork … Continue reading

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Terms of Endearment

I have had many nicknames over the years, from the inevitable adolescent reflections on my anatomy, an avenue we will not explore here thank-you-very-much, to the classically inspired… and just about everything in between.  Most have had a literary inspiration, … Continue reading

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