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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Nov 8 2012, 1:19pm


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I love the imagery.

Reminds me a bit of my jack-o-lantern poem:


Jack-o-Lantern

Jack-o-Lantern
Grotesque and beautiful,
Small and ancient deity,
Grim and golden guardian,
You only live one night
And yet you have lived a million years.

Thirty years ago
I walked through crackling parchment leaves
And thought of fleshless skeletons at my back
Reaching their bony hands
For my young, naked neck,
And ran home with small swift feet,
Pursued by the wonder and terror of death.
Your glowing face met me at my mother's door.

A thousand years ago
I followed the fairy fire
Away from the stone cathedral,
Through the dark churchyard,
And into the bog,
Where ghosts wandered,
And witches waited,
And only your glowing gargoyle eyes
Could guard me.

Ten thousand years ago
I stood in the sacred clearing.
The bonfire drove the shadows back
Into the dark forest.
And a voice keened on the moonlight
"Alas, alas, Balder the Beautiful is dead!"
And all around the world,
In golden temple,
And grass hut,
Your frightful face frightened away
The nameless terrors of the night.

A million years ago
I stood beside the river of fire
Flowing down from the distant, riven mountain.
My wide eyes glowed
Like Jack-o-Lantern eyes
With the strangeness of the fire.
You were not a pumpkin then,
Nor a hollowed turnip,
Nor even a stone fetish.
My hands had not yet learned the magic
Of shaping and burning.
But even then I saw your face,
Grotesque and beautiful,
Peering out between the leaves
Of that ancient jungle.

And still tonight you watch,
Ancient golden guardian
On my front porch.
It is not spirits I fear this night,
Unless they are human spirits
Gone strangely fierce and savage
In a world that forgets
The simplicity of light and darkness,
And the power of ancient guardians.

Karen Deal Robinson
Halloween, 1993


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Weekly poetry thread. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 1 2012, 3:13pm
    Spirits by Birago Diop Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 1 2012, 3:22pm
    For Witches Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 1 2012, 4:25pm
        I love that! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 1 2012, 4:47pm
        On second reading Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 1 2012, 4:58pm
            I never saw it as a threat Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 1 2012, 5:54pm
    hear and see the rain batik Send a private message to batik Nov 1 2012, 6:31pm
        I like that one Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 1 2012, 7:13pm
        That one's in our hymnal too :-) // Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 1 2012, 7:19pm
    The weather and Emily Dickinson... Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Nov 1 2012, 6:53pm
        Oh, my. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 1 2012, 7:21pm
            Apocalyptic... Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Nov 1 2012, 8:41pm
                This came up in my reading today. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 3 2012, 11:46pm
    I found this one on the Internet Archive wendy woo Send a private message to wendy woo Nov 2 2012, 12:13am
        It's like Dorothy Parker for kids :-D Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 2 2012, 5:37pm
    Since I'm going to hear David Whyte tonight Annael Send a private message to Annael Nov 2 2012, 4:22pm
        Wow! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 2 2012, 5:35pm
            not this year Annael Send a private message to Annael Nov 2 2012, 9:36pm
    RING OF STONE: Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Nov 3 2012, 6:32am
        I"m trying to understand this one. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 3 2012, 2:51pm
            All of my life Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Nov 3 2012, 5:44pm
                I have too! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 3 2012, 8:41pm
                    Fab Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Nov 3 2012, 9:59pm
    Sacred Song Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Nov 3 2012, 6:38am
        It can't drown it out completely, though. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 3 2012, 1:27pm
    Midsummer Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Nov 3 2012, 6:48am
        What fun! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 3 2012, 1:25pm
    Mary Oliver - Wild Geese Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Nov 3 2012, 7:01am
        I love that. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 3 2012, 1:22pm
        reading Wild Geese divine hobbit Send a private message to divine hobbit Nov 8 2012, 3:02am
    The Lanyard divine hobbit Send a private message to divine hobbit Nov 8 2012, 3:05am
        I first heard that one in church. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 8 2012, 4:56am
    The Boys Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Nov 8 2012, 5:19am
        Great! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 8 2012, 1:19pm

 
 
 

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