Who watches the Portal?
“I and Not-I”, answered Manawydan
“We guard the way,
The comings and goings
Through the Limina”.
Who keeps the Nemeton?
“I am the Guardian”, whispered Mererid
“She is the Spring,
The rising and falling
Of otherworld waters”.
Who holds the Cup?
“My hands contain it”, confided Rosmerta
“The Mead of Blessing
For all who pass, gifted
With the sovereignty of vision”.
Who rides through the gates?
“I am here and not-here”, declared Rhiannon
“Like the song of my birds on the air
Are my horse’s hoof-beats
Making Time out of Not-Time”.
Who plays the Harp?
“My skilful fingers”, chanted Mabon
“They pluck the strings
Shaping the Music of Being,
Enchanting the worlds with song”.
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2 thoughts on “Questions in the Nemeton”
I really enjoyed this poem (and the writing on gatekeepers!), it gives me greater understanding into Manawydan especially. Is Cwm Cuch in West Wales? I haven’t spent much time out there but this certainly makes me want to remedy that!
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Thank you. Yes, Cwm Cuch is in North Pembrokeshire, and identified in the First Mabinogi as the place where Pwyll met Arawn.
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