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

Beyond the dragon’s toll house

 

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“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.

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

Background:

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.