Tales of the Tuatha (chapter 18 of the keep it sweet and short tales)

The Butterfly’s Deliverance

deep forest
More Dreams of the Deep Forest

Niamh’s eyes closed and she lay back wearily. In the dream mists the black swan from the cavern river appeared and offered to take her to the island.  She was stepping forward to accept when she noticed the butterfly on the ground doing battle with a wasp and trying to avoid being stung. In pity she knelt and brushed away the would be killer. The butterfly looking worse for wear, clung fast to her finger.  In a sudden realization she stepped back and the swan hissed malevolently. If she went with him now she would never awaken!  The butterfly nodded and took wing.


Night Bird by Deep Forest


Background: The Finnish composer Sibelius wrote the beautiful piece (called a tone poem) “The Swan of Tuonela.” In Finlandic myth the black swan is the swan of death and he swims the river of the underworld (Tuonela). You can listen to The Swan of Tuonela here.

The photo is of the Sooke Pot Holes outside of Victoria on Vancouver Island.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Aquileana says:

    What a wonderul story…
    Very touching and highly evocative…
    Thanks for sharing…
    Best regards and wishing you a nice weekend ahead,

    Aquileana 😀


  2. A wonderful story and such beautiful photos! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Linda!! I’m glad you stopped by!!


  3. YorkshireRascal says:

    A very creative series and I loved the text 🙂


    1. I’m so glad you are enjoying the stories. Thank you!!


  4. lizziegudkov says:

    Amazing photos to go with a story that is more and more fascinating! Great job, Cybele!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. 🙂 thank you LIzzie!!


  5. Mark Simms says:

    Beautiful dream-like images…😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. thanks for popping by Mark and thanks!!


  6. An interesting look into folklore from another country. Thanks. My son would love this as he has been chased by black swans and now thinks they are all evil! Thanks butterfly.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m glad he got away!! :)! Thanks for stopping by!!


  7. Looks like a beautiful spot.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s gorgeous, and both dramatic and peaceful!!


  8. A great stories about Tuatha, beautiful to read! Thank you CybeleMoon


    1. thanks so much Della. It feels good that some people are reading the stories!!!


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