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Monday, December 17, 2007

Druidic legacy

The Mistletoe
By GC SMITH



Though a simple
parasitic plant
the mistletoe
commands attention
in the mythos of mankind

One could read
THE GOLDEN BOUGH
to learn
of mistletoe and
of its powers

Symbol of
'life-force'
(vitality-fertility)
the essence of
the mistletoe

Paired branches,
paired leaves,
berries gushing
viscous fluid
complete fertility images

Kissing customs
set forth imagery
(humorous, suggestive, ribald)
that harkens back
to Druidic rites

Mistletoe’s powers
perceived by few
none-the less
are precious links
to mankind’s roots

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