Monday, November 19, 2012

Poetry in the Morning~

 A Tree Song
by Sir Rudyard Kipling

OF all the trees that grow so fair,
Old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun,
Than Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.
Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs,
(All of a Midsummer morn!)
Surely we sing no little thing,
In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

Oak of the Clay lived many a day,
Or ever AEneas began.
Ash of the Loam was a lady at home,
When Brut was an outlaw man.
Thorn of the Down saw New Troy Town
(From which was London born);
Witness hereby the ancientry
Of Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

Yew that is old in churchyard-mould,
He breedeth a mighty bow.
Alder for shoes do wise men choose,
And beech for cups also.
But when ye have killed, and your bowl is spilled,
And your shoes are clean outworn,
Back ye must speed for all that ye need,
To Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

Ellum she hateth mankind, and waiteth
Till every gust be laid,
To drop a limb on the head of him
That anyway trusts her shade:
But whether a lad be sober or sad,
Or mellow with ale from the horn,
He will take no wrong when he lieth along
'Neath Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

Oh, do not tell the Priest our plight,
Or he would call it a sin;
But - we have been out in the woods all night,
A-conjuring Summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth

Good news for cattle and corn-
Now is the Sun come up from the South,
With Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!
Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs
(All of a Midsummer morn):
England shall bide ti11 Judgment Tide,
By Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

Return of the Sun
by Brianna Lynne

She hid in the cave.
In Hiding from her brother,
The World grew dark.

There was fear at first.
Jewels, Mirror, on a tree,
Dancing and Laughter,

Interest Piqued,
The Kami came from the cave,
The Jewels sparkled.

Mirror gleaming bright,
And she saw her reflection,
Solar Radiance.

The cave was sealed.
Storm's deed had put her away,
but now she shined.

Returned into the sky;
This poem is about Amaterasu Omikami,, but it's dedicated to two Kami. Amaterasu Omikami, and Ama no Uzume no Mikoto, whose cleaver idea and improvisation resulted in the dawn we enjoy each morning. Although the Latter Kami is not mentioned by name in the poem, she is the one who hung the jewels and mirror and then danced the first Kagura. This interested the Sun Kami and enticed her to come out of hiding.

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