The Place of Forgetting
Name me what you wish,
healer, crone, wise one,
elder, shaman, recluse, druid,
sorcerer, charmer, witch,
it matters not.
My body carries chant, incant, enchant.
Orpheus taught me poetry and song
communication and communion
far beyond mortal being.
Animate and inanimate all respond.
Call it what you will,
root cellar, cupboard, pantry,
they store apples, walnuts, parsnips,
bulbs of garlic, root of burdock,
blackberry, ginseng, sassafras,
seeds of mugwort, milk thistle, mustard.
Bundles of sage, yellow root,
yarrow, devil’s claw and dandelion
hang from hand-hewn rafters,
gathered when the moon and signs were right.
For all of these you will return
when black wings spread.
I have been here always.
Watched as you lost the language
of tree, grass, soil, animal,
insect, sea and wind. Still my
left hand holds fast to sacred space.
October carries the last leaf down,
earth embraces, blesses
that which you do not.
I place the elementals
and your ignoranceinto the oubliette of time and wait.