Tales of the Tuatha (chapter 23 of the keep it sweet and short tales)

following  quickly on the heels of chapter 22 so read that one first!

A Dream within a Dream

Holding her face in his hands Bran kissed her. “I didn’t lose you!” she cried! “Oh Niamh,” he said wistfully “such dreams we dreamed!”

She looked into his far seeing  eyes and knew at once that he wouldn’t stay.  Resigned, she took his hand, and held it to her chest as though to stop any tears from seeping out of her wounded heart.

She realized that he knew everything.  He knew of her journey to the Sacred Spring. He knew of her lost dreams and the one she carried from the river bank that fateful day. He knew it had become so heavy that her little pouch had fallen to the ground spilling all into the winds.

Bran put his hand on her soft cheek, “We Tuatha dwell in dreams Niamh, and before I must go I will tell you of those that are to come.”
“So this is my own dream within a dream,” she thought.


Fare thee well, love,
Fare thee well, love,
Far away, you must go.
Take your heart, love,
Take my heart, love,
Will we never meet, again no more

— by the Rankin Family of Nova Scotia and in memory of my own brother whose smile made everyone want to be his friend.

Background of music:  Many Scots and Irish moved to the New world (Canada) bringing their music and dance!!  In Newfoundland  Irish descendants make their living from the sea and have produced folk rock artists like Figgy Duff and Great Big Sea.

Nova Scotia and especially Cape Breton Island are home to world class pipers and highland dancers and of course the famous former musical group The Rankin Family whose celtic ballads are well known.


25 Comments Add yours

  1. Aquileana says:

    Hi Cybele…

    ‘So this is my own dream within a dream,” she though’ :I found that this line is truly powerful …

    Thanks for sharing this spotlight. So beautiful and deep…

    Best wishes, Aquileana 😀


    1. thank you so much for such a wonderful comment!!


  2. So sad. Did you have tears in your eyes when you wrote that?


    1. It’s hard sometimes!! It can be so mixed in with your own losses. so yes!! But more will be revealed!! Bran is close to my heart.


  3. Sharon says:

    another excellent chapter.


  4. lauramacky says:

    I love what Linda said too! And here I never thought I’d read anything in WP hahahah


    1. I am thrilled that you are following Laura!!!! Thank you!!


      1. lauramacky says:

        you’re welcome 😀


  5. Amy says:

    I agree with Linda! What a intrigue post, Cybele!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. thanks so much Amy!! I’m glad you are following the story!!


  6. James Keegan says:

    I like the way the light plays in the leaves of the first photo and the perspective of the second. I may be a little biased though, I’m quite at home in the trees. 🙂


    1. thanks so much James! I am a tree lover too!!


  7. Great post! Fabulous photos, intriguing continuing story, and beautiful music! 🙂


    1. thank you Linda!! It’s so lovely for me that a few people are following the tale!!


  8. The story unravels and the plot thickens! The powerful cliffhangers at the end of each chapter make me chew my nails!! Beautifully written and masterfully plotted. 🙂


    1. I love your comments Lizzie!! They push me ever onward!! It’s hard work!! 😀


  9. Suzanne says:

    Lovely images – your story takes me back to The Hill of Tara, the home of the Tuatha – I agree they live in dreams but for me they also live beneath The Hill of Tara – I had such a strong sense of them there.


    1. That means a lot to me Suzanne!! The story is unfolding at it’s own pace and truly telling itself. I too love the hill of Tara and old folk tales. I use a bit of licence of course, – living on the west coast where the raven plays such a role in first nations culture too. Yes, to the old gods!! So many of them incorporated or woven into the new religion ( In Ireland). Scotland and Ireland inspire magical old tales for sure.


      1. Suzanne says:

        Absolutely – I like the idea of weaving old tales from different cultures together too. I think these energies or symbolic forms are Jungian archetypes and speak to us from the universal unconscious. Do you agree?


  10. I love the feeling of the story and I adore all your photos, they are magical.


    1. I’m delighted you are reading along!! Thank you for the magical heads up!!!


  11. joshi daniel says:

    second one looks great 🙂


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