Catechism For A Witches Child

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Beautiful Mermaid Holding A BabyMiranda

“Catechism for a Witch’s Child”

When they ask to see your gods
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in night’s so frozen
stars crack open spilling
streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drank
the holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother
who never taught you
death was life’s reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and in a million, million light years
of being

J.L. Stanley via Saturn Rising



18 thoughts on “Catechism For A Witches Child

  1. It’s the beautiful Welsh actress Glynis Johns in Miranda from 1948. You may remember her as Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins too.

    • Thank you for that – I KNEW I knew the face but just couldn’t place it

  2. My goodness! The word catechism twice in one day…what is to become of me??
    Seriously, that is a beautiful poem, thank you for sharing.

  3. Since we’re on to poetry, I thought I’d post this. It’s more Uranian but it’s got the same featherlight feeling about it that suits the times. I got this from Panhala which is a daily post of poetry/music/art on Yahoo Groups. Always lightens my day:

    When the Shoe Fits

    Ch’ui the draftsman
    Could draw more perfect circles freehand
    Than with a compass.

    His fingers brought forth
    Spontaneous forms from nowhere. His mind
    Was meanwhile free and without concern
    With what he was doing.

    No application was needed
    His mind was perfectly simple
    And knew no obstacle.

    So, when the shoe fits
    The foot is forgotten,
    When the belt fits
    The belly is forgotten,
    When the heart is right
    “For” and “against” are forgotten.

    No drives no compulsions,
    No needs, no attractions:
    Then your affairs
    Are under control.
    You are a free man.

    Easy is right. Begin right
    And you are easy.
    Continue easy and you are right.
    The right way to go easy
    Is to forget the right way
    And forget that the going is easy.

    • Oh, thank you for pointing me to Pahala– the gorgeous photographs, the beautiful poems– thank you! thank you!

      I am so overcome with joy that if you were here, I would hug you and squeeze you like a lemon! Oh frabjous day, calloo callay!

  4. Amazing poem!!! Thank you for that one MM. Makes the soul feel like soaring. I would like to be a mother like the one he speaks of in the poem. Beautiful.

  5. Pisces photo? “of the mother that never taught you” got me.. saw the photo and then read the poem ..

  6. I just have to say this: Typo in the 8th line. It should be “and in nights so frozen” not “and in night’s so frozen.” No apostrophe when you are using a plural form!

    Other than that, it’s a beautiful poem.

  7. Thanks Mystic!
    This is one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever read. Some beautiful soaring spirit encapsulated in words there, it makes me feel like i could fly through time and space just reading it. xx Pure magic!

  8. Sometimes I miss beautiful posts like this Mystic and I feel so glad when I go review a few things you might have written just for me and run across this beauty!! <3