The Poetry of Ellin Anderson


Ellin Anderson

Veleda dwelt apart, within a tower
Near Ösning, forest of the Asa-Rune.
Her mother gave this prophetess great power
By eating herbs engendered by the moon.
But soon, an old herb-woman claimed her price,
And bore the child away, as was her right.
Veleda bloomed
a golden cockatrice
Whose beauty was as blinding as noon light.
They sent her Lord Lupercus, for a slave,
Yet passion ended with a Roman gibe.
Veleda fled a world where tyrants crave
The wake of civil slaughter, tribe with tribe,
And used her tears to open
his dead eyes,
While Rome cursed Caesar, losing such a prize.

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St. Patrick's Day
Tiger and Blue Jewel

Winter's Hill
Maple-Key Song
November in Camelot

Wassail Song
The Rooster at Midsummer
Liberty Enlightens the People

The Leap
The Goldfinch
Three Bears
Song of the Lily
White Tree at Twilight
The Christmas Tree

Grand Bois du Nord
The Owl
Moth Summer
The Little God of Joy
Photographing the Moon
A Rabbit
Rose, Do You Know
The Two Pining Bachelors

The Harvest Chorus
The Maple Mask
Ghost Cardinal

The Little Heath-Rose
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Song for the Harp

The Spinner
The Prayer of Cephalus
Circe and Ulysses
The Black Arts
Tristan and Isolde & Jupiter's Two Casks

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