The Thornwatch As Seen By The Daughters

The Thornwatch As Seen By The Daughters

by stilettoblade

 

‘Twas gloaming in the Eyrewood

And dusk did fall among the leaves

No fleeting drop of sunlight stood

Upon the ground between the trees.

 

“Beware the briarlock, fair maid,

Though vines are lithe and branches hard,

Beware the greenheart, sage and blade

The warden and the guard.”

 

She took her staff up in her hand,

So followed she the forest’s call.

And came to see beneath a tree

A noble beast would fall.

 

The Thornwatch fought the forest lord

To save a hapless villager,

She would as soon have seen him gored;

To her, a pillager!

 

Came leaves! Came vines! And drove them back.

Her triumph, in all likelihood.

The spirits fled her wrath instead,

And faded in the wood.

 

“And have thee saved my forest beasts?

Rest in my arms, my leafsome child.”

An ancient fir did cradle her

And nestled she a while.

 

‘Twas gloaming in the Eyrewood

And dusk did fall among the leaves

No fleeting drop of sunlight stood

Upon the ground between the trees.