Poetry Friday is hosted by Diane @ Random Noodling
Fall in the North East is a glorious time. We are just about past peak by now, most of our trees have shed their Fall reds and golds, and it is time to rake them up and cart them off to be recycled into mulch. I was saving this poem for a Poetry Friday at this time of year, mostly because it seemed so apt. I also loved the structure, and have a feeling that the poets among our PF crew would be able to tell me what the specific form might be.
But the poem’s reference to “mabon” also intrigued me. Mabon, it turns out, is the Autumnal Equinox celebrated by the Pagan and Wiccan traditions on September 21st. I spent an hour or so researching Mabon on various wiccan websites, tracing its connection to (among others) the Druids, the myth of Demeter and Persephone, and the appearance of the Dark Mother – clothed in black and wielding a sickle and scythe. I loved the rhythm of this poem, it cadence of incantation, and all the autumnal colors woven in. Perhaps next September 21st. I will think of it again and remember to decorate my mantle with apples corn stalks, squash and root vegetables…then again, perhaps not!
A Crown of Autumn Leaves
For Mabon (fall equinox), Sept. 21