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Monday, 12 November 2012

Paying for safe passage

There is this ancient tradition. A pagan safe-guard.

Of paying for safe passage

 Paying for the water to stay clear and benign

Of paying for safe passage through the realm of the fairy queen

Of pressing coins into fallen trees or posts alongside moving water
as a tribute or as an appeasement

 In their thousands.
Fallen trees heavy with copper and nickel-plated steel

And strangely enough - people still pay

as did we

A strange, other-world place

a narrow almost claustrophobic valley

opening out to Janet (Jennet)'s Foss
the realm of queen of the fairies

As beautiful as it was, the cloying eeriness made me feel uneasy, it was a relief to rise out of the valley and climb across the dales up and away.



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