Monday, January 3, 2011

THE WINTER SCHOOL by Fireblossom and Hedgewitch

Darlings, I'm taking a departure from my usual unicorns and sugar fairies this morning, in order to bring you this collaborative effort from the almost illegally talented Hedgewitch and (for ballast) Yours Truly. Blame her for the absence of anime bunnies. I would have included them. And now, without further tedious ceremony, our poem...





THE WINTER SCHOOL



At the Winter School,
Classes were held at night--
Girls on the left,
Spirits on the right;
Our elbows scratched lessons on frosted windows,
And our teachers sang us lullabyes
While appearing to us as crows.

But they were not as kind as crows.
They cawed and pecked at living and dead--
We learned to cover the eyes, and stuff the nose
Inside a book, reading through our fingers, pass or fail,
Fettered with sweaty palms and liquid sighs,
Dancing with dragons and jumping from their tails
Was all we knew to do to see the sky.

But girls have their ways, and we had ours.
We hid tar in our traveling bags,
And stars in brown deserted bowers;
When the time was right,
We crept down the stair and into the night;
No stay or whalebone could keep us there--
Not with our summer-drunk dragons in sight.

I would be Circe and you dark Medea,
Me for the luring and you for the kill.
It was all a game, though we knew that such pastimes
As crows put together are contests of will;
Chaos would call us to fight their knight goblins, stranglers
With garlands of weeds, green gilded with lies
Gifting masks of agreement we knew would not fit us
So we called the black dragons to come from the skies.

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image: Medea

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13 comments:

Mama Zen said...

What an awesome collaboration!

Carmela-J said...

So vivid and descriptive - love the imagery - dark but beautiful.

Daryl said...

WOW ... So we called the black dragons to come from the skies.

TALON said...

Fabulous collaboration!

The first stanza really sang for me...and I'm smiling at the "Spirits on the right"

Jinksy said...

I love the sound of summer-drunk dragons! LOL :)

Neva Flores said...

such incredible imagery, you took my imagination to the moon!

Lynn said...

I like that collaboration. :)

Liza Ursu said...

I love this.
That first stanza blew my hair back.

Thank you for sharing this.
Happy New Year to you and yours.

signed...bkm said...

Great game... call down the black dragons Circe and Medea......and Chaos...one of my favorite words...bkm

Sherry Blue Sky said...

When two such brilliant poets collaborate, nothing but magic can ensue. Reading each of you is always the highlight of my day - you writing together - whew! SMOKIN' !! Absolutely fantastic. Poetry doesnt get any better than this.

Lulú said...

Girls have their ways...you know it, my friend! ;)

Brilliantly done.

Lisa said...

I got really excited when I started reading this - "Girls on the left,
Spirits on the right;"

The kind of excitement that says 'ooooh what's next, what's next'!

G-Man said...

Wow!!!
A double dose of unparalleld talent!
You two could be Sisters, with Shay being the Evil Twin!

(I Keed I Keed)