Tales of the Tuatha (Chapter 13 of the keep it sweet and short tales)

Beyond the dragon’s toll house



“oh black swan, tell me where oh where is my lover now”-Nina Simone


Niamh saw a dragon and tree intertwined. They seemed to be attached to the same clawed root.   ” You are far from the mound, Tuatha maid.” snarled the creature, “What do you seek?”  I seek a spring, replied Niamh, not wanting to tell him of her lost dreams.  “I require a toll,”  he hissed, “- and beware! The only path is through me.”

In the hollow cave of  his gnarled trunk she saw an underground river flowing toward a shining lagoon.  A black swan swam slowly at the entrance. An island appeared in the distance, and the raven circled, watching everything.


Black Swan sung by the amazing Nina Simone (1933-2003)


Sunset at the Royal Roads Lagoon is always spectacular with ducks, geese, mute swans, trumpeter and black swans swimming in the sheltered water  but, it will be a few days before I get out again.  Rain rain rain again falls on the west coast.