Magpie Song


stone-barrow                                 to                                 salt marshes

magpie     calls      strong


in death

in life


in black

in white

her caw-croaked blood-soaked song


fly between

oh fly between

the salt             and            standing stones


amniotic salt marsh

rise   :

step from   birthing waters

into smoke-streaked sky


firm feet on oak and willow

carry  bones of hope


flesh of fire


lay your weapons down

to rest


where the gods will

keep them strong


journey onwards, ever upwards

to your stone-barrow tomb

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