Salmon of Knowledge, Revised

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Source: dunleavyirishdance.com

In stories that the elders tell
the heroes get all the glory
you know about the salmon and the well
but these tales all fit one category –
the hero remembered for great deeds –
but never the creature for her prowess.
Well, Fionn can have his hero feats
but do not forget the wise salmon goddess.

Though myths recall my hazel wisdom
no songs are sung these days about
my cool and watr’y kingdom
or how a wise – and female – fish could scout
the fairest and bravest of the nation
to grant the world’s vast gathered knowledge –
Am I forgotten and forsaken?

I ask you, so, to make this pledge:
creatures, like heroes, must be respected;
for you cannot know which among us is enchanted.

 

A poem for NaPoWriMo day 21 in the voice of an arguably minor character from the legend of Fionn mac Cumhaill.

 

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3 thoughts on “Salmon of Knowledge, Revised

  1. First, oooohhhhh the art. Then the rhyme scheme, which feels so right for legend. I can imagine it having been translated from another language. The voice of the narrator. These lines, especially:

    how a wise – and female – fish could scout

    for you cannot know which among us is enchanted.

    • Ok THIS may be the best comment ever. I so wanted to get it right and wasn’t sure the rhyme quite worked, or whether it should have scanned better. The fact that you can hear in it a translation makes me feel completely flattered and satisfied 🙂

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