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  • Lady of the Pond
    by Marina Bonomi

    No, this is not that famous lake,
    Truly it's just my backyard pond,
    That flash of silver in the water
    It's simply a fish, and not a sword.

    I'm not a druidess, nor a fey
    A normal woman is what I am
    A common job, household chores...
    Just now and then I play with words.

    I wear no torque, I bear no crown
    I'm neither Morgan or Guinevere
    Or Nimue, Enid or poor Iseult
    All those you know from books or songs.

    And yet, when standing upon the shore
    Within the quiet and the twilight
    Sometimes I think that there’s more
    To it than fables and play-of-light.

    As the Wind rises from the Water,
    As Fire flickers on the Ground,
    It feels like I hear a voice
    Whispering words, without a sound.

    'My daughter, strong and loyal be,
    There is still magic in the world:
    In love, in duty freely chosen,
    In friendship true, in honest word'.

    Arthur is gone, the Lake's a pond,
    Merlin is here no more
    But if your need is great enough
    That flash of silver…may be a sword.

    Marina Bonomi
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