Tough proud, enduring witness,
she has watched through passing time,
the lives of generations flow
beneath this hoary pine.
Red sentinel standing tall and stark,
matriarch of her kind,
around her feet, mere ants, we crawl,
the "Faer-world" out of mind.
That mirror world, that echoes ours,
where energies merge and flow,
oblivion is lurking there,
much closer than we know.
Around her crown dark-watchers glean
the news from far and near;
the Morrigu... whose dealings are
in darkness, death and fear.
Flapping, ancient rags of black,
and raucous, chilling cries,
denizens from that other place
where illusive myth-worlds lie.
Omnipotence eludes their grasp,
venerable though they be,
oblivious of their sentient host,
primordial, silent, free.
Dark-seekers sliding betwixt worlds,
their transient passing marked,
recorded deep in ancient rings,
‘neath ragged, time-worn bark.
A constant presence in our midst,
enduring, dark and deep,
observing and absorbing this
unconscious world, asleep.
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Poet's Notes about The Poem
Comments about this poem (Red Sentinel by Andy Allan )
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936)
William Ernest Henley
(1849 - 1902)
(27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
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