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Sarah's Poppy

Sarah de Nordwall

A late poppy blooms
Unselfconsciously beautiful, blessing, pure
Sarah saw, and snapped
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Monster Hunter elf

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Meditation on beauty

This came while listening to a very nice ASMR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdL37vtjl3o


These things are eternal,
They change not:
The sound of running streams,
The shade of tall trees,
Singing of birds,
Laughter of children.

Such things have no price.
Evil wishes them gone,
Self-absorbtion casts them aside,
Ambition sees them as a marker of value.

But no-one takes them,
No-one makes them.
They are given, 
Free,
Gratuitously,
Generously.

Take and see - it is good!
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The Memories of Limlot part VI - the Schools of Magi part 2

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A Time to ponder

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The world would seem to be falling apart
Our leaders are headless, the oligarchs thieve.
Our modest lives, our little heart
Hope not in the future. Our dreams we grieve.
 
But maybe, it was ever the sad, sorry case
That this world was never the best we could be.
Our faith should turn our hearts to face
That one straight path, we long to see.
 
For too long we have walked the easy, broad way
That runs down to darkness, our ego it leads.
Maybe now, we can turn, and hope, even pray
To the One on whose love our souls ever feed? 
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Minds Writing Context submission, 1 Sept 2021


I wrote this in response to a writing prompt on Minds: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1279870076492714003
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‘Why are there so many dead snags here?’
‘Those are all that’s left of the town trees.’
‘How could there be so many? They don’t even look burnt.’
The horse commander just shook his head. ‘Volarien! Take two muckers and do a sweep on foot. This overgrowth must have happened since the sacking. There could be elf or human remains under it all.’
‘Sir,’ the rider replied, and beckoned to two others. Tying their mounts to a snag, they left their lances leaning together and moved about on foot.
The rest of the warband moved on, picking their way through the faint trails, left by… game? Itinerants? Up ahead were the remains of the Tower – the Library had been right next to it. The commander shook his head – such loss!
There was a mound of overgrowth, brambles and nettles and bracken, ahead. Grey stone peeked out of the green – this must have been the wall. There was the shell of the Gatehouse. There were young saplings sprouting from the wall. 
‘Sir! Here are bones!’ Volarien called out. He and his mates had found something in the gatehouse.
The commander called his tracker. ‘Tuval! Take a look at this and see what kind of story you can work out.’ The others stopped moving, so the tracker could see the ground undisturbed.
Tuval dismounted and squatted down. ‘Cooking fire, sir. See the bones? By the size and thickness, they were eating one of their own.’
‘A pity they didn’t do that before the siege,’ the commander humphed. ‘But they probably were anyway. Life means nothing to the Foul Folk.’
‘Are there any bones of our own folk?’
‘I think there are, sir – look, this is a jawbone. It’s an elf or a man. The earth is packed hard, they stayed here for several days.’ Tuval rooted about, and pulled out – a piece of cloth. It was covered with massive bloodstains, but recognisable as part of a Woodelf tabard, worn over armour. ‘This was… one of ours.’
The commander nodded grimly. ‘May the Powers rest them,’ he said. 
One of the other foot-sweepers said, ‘Ow!’ Everyone looked at him. ‘I just hit my shin on some teeth,’ he looked at the commander. He was standing right next to a small mound of vegetation.
Tuval stepped over to him, trying not to disturb the ground. He pulled up the top of a skull. ‘There was a skeleton on a spear, almost lying flat,’ he reported. Looking at it, he said, ‘This was a shaman. They always chip their teeth into points, see? That’s what you walked in to.’
‘Best get a potion for any marks those teeth left,’ ordered the commander. ‘It could be septic, or cursed, being a shaman skull.’
‘So,’ announced the tracker, ‘it looks like they impaled the shaman on a spear. The spear goes lengthwise through the whole skeleton.’
‘What a way to go,’ someone muttered.
‘They probably decided they didn’t need magic any more after they’d won.’ The commander had a sour look on his face, as sour as an elf could look.
Tuval looked at the skull with distaste. Unthinking, he tossed it over his shoulder, and one of the lads, deftly sweeping out his cavalry sword, slashed upwards at it as it came towards him. The skull shattered, but instead of bone shards scattering everywhere, it turned to green dust with a sound like a small explosion.
‘WOOOAAR-EEEEGH!’ a phantasmal scream shattered the gravelike quiet of the gatehouse. A spectral, translucent shaman suddenly appeared among them. It leapt at the elf that had broken the skull, ghostly fingers grabbing his throat. The elf tried to pull the phantom off of himself, but his fingers could only grasp air.
‘What the sod?’ erupted the commander. Some of the elves stabbed at the phantom, with predictable results. The commander saw it all, and realised he needed something more. Reaching into his belt, he pulled out a silver dagger. He jabbed at the head of the phantom, and it sunk in to the hilt! The phantom burst into sparks, leaving a smell like a sewer.
The elf that had been attacked dropped to the ground, gasping for breath. ‘We’re going to need a cleric to cleanse this place, I think,’ said the commander. ‘The Sack of Tumgelion will forever be a stain on our history. But given time, we will rebuild.’ He re-sheathed the silver dagger. ‘And we have all the time in the world!’
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The Breakthrough

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Somewhere,
a tall, dark stone wall
has cracked!
Starlight and air 
can drift through, into
the unimaginable darkness within.

Filth, stench, funk and black dust
fill the cold, dark space behind that grim, demon-carved
Idol's wall.
Now exposed
to the antiseptic touch of fresh air,
the Vileness within cannot abide.

The boil has been lanced.
Now healing can happen.
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The Memories of Limlot part VI - the Schools of Magi part 1

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An der Untergang des Abendlandes

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Let us ponder the weight of incompetent decision,
Altering the fortunes of too many of us,
Seeding our minds with fear, doubt and fuss,
Smearing our opponents with evil or derision.
The temptations of power, its fatal incision,
Twisting minds with oligarch lust,
Raising high a standard of ash and dust
Over souls who heed the lying vision.
 
I will not heed your propaganda tapes,
My mind is yet my own to rule.
I detest the commands of progressive apes
Whose foam-flecked shrieks call me a fool.
I see the abyss that before your ‘progress’ gapes!
Though I may break, I am not your tool!

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Writing Prompt VI


This was in response to another writing prompt on r/WritingPrompts:

An agoraphobic princess is sick and tired of knights breaking into her tower and trying to slay her emotional support dragon.

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I shouldn’t have to do this.
This is manual labour, commoner’s work, blast it! What do I know about using a crowbar and excavation rods? I have more important work to do, like slaying – bloody – dragons!
That should do it. Now what? Why didn’t father make those bloody churls accompany me, so they could do this donkey-work? Rights of the Commons, hah! If he really cared about the commoners that much, why didn’t he go live in a monastery, and become one of them? Then Giles could be Lord Tallyrand, and I’d be the heir! For a change. Until he had a son, of course.
Right… that stone came out very – easily. Almost as if it had been moved before. That’s… not encouraging. Now what’s this? 
Who boards up a stone wall? And it looks like it was done from the inside, too. Stupid – inexplicable – churls, repairing… oh! They repaired it from the inside, because it had been moved before. Not good. Phew, this is heavy going, doing manual labour in plate mail. No matter. I am sworn to slay the dragon and rescue the princess, and must do or die. A man is only as good as his word.
That’s that for the carpentry. They must have heard the noise, no sense in stealth. This looks like a passage: no space for the greatsword; Poleaxe and bastard-sword. Onward! Visor down, idiot, in case of flame. 
Stairs… up. And up… up again. Dash it, this is a bit thick, what? Where the devil is that dragon? God’s blood! It must have been behind me! But moving away. Give chase! I fear no traps. I am girt with steel, by St George!
Up, and up some more. Oh, I am winded, lathered with sweat under plate mail. We must be nearly at the top of the tower!
Hark… I hear a maiden’s voice. It must be the Lady Morag. She sounds beautiful! But wait! That inhuman sound! The drake is within! She may be in danger! Poleaxe versus door… poleaxe wins! ‘HAVE AT YOU, FOUL WORM!’
‘Oh…’ 
Saints and angels, she is beautiful! But why does she cling to the monster? If monster it be, ‘tis wondrous fair! And it guards her like a mother hen, even as she holds it.
‘Please, my lord, hurt not my drake. She is here for my comfort, she only eats stoats and rats!’ there are tears in her eyes.
How could I do any harm to a lady as fair as this? Her hair so fair, ‘tis almost white, her eyes of forest green. My arms, suddenly weak, lower my axe. I go down on one knee, to show my good intentions.
‘Forgive me, my lady. I thought only for your rescue.’
‘I am not held against my will, my lord. I am sore distressed by the world and its tumult. I desire only to dwell in peace and seclusion, and the drake is a comfort to me.’
I am amazed. ‘What manner of beast is it? I had heard it was a monster, and desired to prove myself against it.’
The maiden sobs and shakes. Her tears cut my heart. ‘Knights are ever coming to kill my Sheelagh! But she is all I have in the world!’
I drop the axe and come closer, going down on both knees. I feel like the monster, now. ‘I am sorry, my lady.’ There must be something in my eyes, smoke perhaps. ‘I promise, on my honour, I shall never harm your… Sheelagh?’
‘Thank you, my lord. You are a noble knight.’ We are now very close. Our eyes meet. I know, deep down, I shall never leave her. I take her white hand in mine. ‘I am Sir Tormund, Viscount Tallyrand.’
The drake makes a chuttering sound. She blushes, very prettily. ‘I am Lady Morag, Recluse of the Crag.’
‘Might I visit again, my lady?’ I must bring men to repair her tower.
‘Please do, my lord. And soon.’
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Winter Days

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Winter Days,
brief, dull time
of less darkness.
Trees brush the grey 
with bristles black,
scouring sympathy from the sky.
Lights in windows give comfort - 
though cold the world be,
where Home is,
is rest, warmth, family.
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The Map of the Sunlands

Well, it's been a 6-week gap, but I finally finished the map of the backstory to The Ironwood Staff!
The epic back-story of the Eladi of the Sunlands takes place on a huge continent stretching from the northern tropics to the southern temperate zones. It's taken too long to get this map into digital format, straighten out the details. The horizontal line through the lower part is the southern tropic (Capricorn in this world). 
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The joys of parenthood


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‘I’m bored!’, ‘I’m hungry!’ the voices once came
When young ones are younger, the problems remain
Easy to solve, to parse and discern,
Easy to remedy, so peace can return.
 
‘I’m fat and I’m ugly!’, ‘I’ll never get a job!’
When young ones are older, the woes they sob
Are so much more urgent, so woefully deep,
It’s no wonder all of us get little sleep! 
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Bright-inspired short

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The Elven Smith

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The elven-smithy, where 
things marvelous and fair are wrought:
To see there,
the joyful noise, the exultant blows
of hammer on iron, the songs
of blessing work.

Let's go and visit!
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The memories of Limlot part V

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Summer Rains



The heart still sings even when it rains
Heaven’s blessings wash away the dust
Our broken minds knot too may pains
Our crude works always subject to rust.
 
Even good weather can be too much of ‘good’,
Understanding has too few measures of gain.
When opposites moderate each other, it is good.
Showing the joys of life anew again.
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An unexpected promotion

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A Meditation on Aging Parents

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This fact I hold up before me - 
we are all flowers of the field.
What once was strong and enduring
must one day pass away.

Time brings little deaths,
minor infirmities,
adding up year on year - 
have I not felt it?

We are all creations of a moment:
Growing, blooming, fruiting, falling...
but I find this surprise in myself - 
Why does it not cause despair?

It should! If my sum total
adds only to that enjoyed by others,
I should rail against
such gross injustice!

But my hear has been given 
to One who makes sense.
I see, beyond time,
that one day all will be made anew.

Anew, and no longer awry.
With wrong burnt out
in purgation, with evil
washed away in Blood.

And only goodness and worth,
glory and dignity remaining.
Such as we have allowed,
created by our assent to goodness.

Come quick, no time to lose!
Each day brings opportunities for love.
Treasures to be stored up for later,
where rust and moth work not.

Unspeakable gift made possible
by unspeakable sacrifice
of the only One who could make it:
glory in despite of darkness.

Though the fruit has fallen,
and the leaves are turning,
all that is of worth
is recorded, to be played again some Day,

When halleluias ring harmonies
in beauty and sweetness,
in sunshine on leaves,
in smiles on fair faces.

Made possible by Love.
And our love, given freely,
only adding to the harmony:
The Glorious Symphony of All That Has Being!
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The Memories of Limlot part IV

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Haiku 3

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Gloaming summer evening, growing dark
Cooling summer clouds, promising cleansing benedictions
My heart longs for the water, Heaven’s blessing. 
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The Trapper's Revenge

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A Light in the Darkness

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A star shines down on my prison pit
And more than just a star!
A pure, virginal, platinum gleam
of undiluted Love.

Such Light makes a lie of darkness.
When horror and sorrow insist, ' This is all there is!'

The Star quietly contradicts. While light exists,
no darkness can put it out.
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The memories of Limlot part III

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Fatality!

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How many times has Diversion taken place,
Where I should have been paying attention?
How can I be so lacking in grace,
As to fail as if by intention?
 
Twice has it happened, to my certain ken,
Who knows how often when not aware.
Now others must pay, again and again,
For my failure to focus here, not there.
 
What to do, what to do, when retreat from the World
Is my life’s besetting sin?
Only to go cap in hand to the One
Who paid for it all to begin… 
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