I have slept too long, I awake now
I walk where my footsteps remain
Dark skies, bright stars hold my secrets
Lost love, oh sweet hands that touched
The lips I kissed when young
Each ragged rock a step in time
When once I walked where rivers flow
Would time return if mind would change
I will walk again those same ragged rocks
With hand held in love…
For the Visually challenged readers, the picture shows a woman dressed as a warrior standing on a rock and next to her is a giant mask. One of the eye socket of which is half broken.
Empty eye sockets
Fallen idols, broken
Billowing clouds remember
Change is coming
Stone mountain silent
She stands, proud
Her lean body
Ready to spring
When echoes call…
I told you long ago we would meet again
How are you, after a lifetime
Of following false prophets?
Praying to Gods made of clay
Did you receive all you asked for?
Did I not weave your dreams
with steps for you to follow
whereby you would avoid many pitfalls.
I allowed the memory of your night vision
To remain come morning
Yet you wave them away as a fantasy
Night stuff, I heard you call it
Coincidence is brushed aside, misunderstood
Your life was meant to be the stuff of dreams
Yet here you are after fourscore and ten
Before me once more
Are you ready to start again with
the extra guidance I have spoken of?
Will you listen when you hear
strange whispers in the wind?
Will you follow where I lead
and live the life you prayed for?
The Magic is Back!
For Robert MacKenzie Cole—or Rabbit, as he’s known to all—the chance to accompany his family to see North Carolina’s infamous Brown Mountain Lights has him nearly dizzy with excitement. And what better night to watch this unexplained phenomenon unfold than Halloween?
But when the entrancing, unpredictable lights show up, Rabbit gets far more than he bargained for. He’s gifted with what folks in the Appalachians call “the Sight,” and it’s this extrasensory perception that enables him to spot the one light different from all the rest.
In his biggest challenge to date, Rabbit—aided by his daddy and his newest friend, Austin Dupree— begins a quest to learn more about the mysterious light. Their investigation unveils a web of cons and corruption none of them expected and exposes a brutal murder along the way.
Throughout all, Rabbit is unfaltering in his commitment to do whatever it takes to understand the truth behind the glowing orb and to determine how he can help it. After all, it followed him home.
I had been looking forward to reading Marcia Meara’s latest Wake-Robin Ridge story, as I am a devoted fan of the adopted, delightful eleven-year-old star of the previous books, Rabbit. I expected to be welcomed back and was not disappointed!
This story is all about the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights, a very real phenomenon, something that has puzzled people for years and had Rabbit entranced. I wondered if he would end up discovering something connected to his own special gift, his ability to ‘read’ people and sometimes see the future.
Along the way, he becomes involved in a murder mystery, turning what I thought would be a light-hearted story into something seriously more complicated.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Light. The quality of the writing, the wonderful cast of characters and the sublimely complicated plot left me in awe of the author’s talent.
Cannot wait for the next in the series!
The universe has many ways of speaking to us, messages from strange realms. I have heard that finding a feather means an angel is passing overhead.
I often find a lone feather in my yard.
Today, for the first time, I found a pair of white feathers.
Angel wings was my first thought.
I went out and measured them, why I don’t know, and they were three inches. Then I didn’t want them to be blown away, so I placed them on one of Jaye’s bonsai.
After sending Jaye out in the rain to take the second photo, I sat wondering what these tiny wings might signify.
I don’t like puzzles, so not so good at figuring out what they might mean, if anything. It made me think of the song, the day the music died.
Did an angel die, leaving her wings in my yard?
My father, a staunch academic that never flaps.
At breakfast, I met a stranger at the table
He spoke at a speed I had never heard before
I could see a hint of panic in his eyes.
He didn’t ask, so much as forbid me
to take the 2.40 train from Paddington.
Asking why his voice became calmer
I don’t know if you have heard this story
Or remember it from the newspapers
One year ago, a young man just turned eighteen
died on that train in the third carriage
It’s said he may return on the anniversary of his death
To sit in the same seat for three weeks
In the hope of finding the part of self
we all leave behind on being born.
He waits for the other half, the missing piece
To sit on the seat opposite the door.
When the right person takes that seat
He becomes whole, having entered the sitter.
There are many tales of what takes place next
You have just turned eighteen, I am asking you please,
Take the earlier train to your next job?
Seeing how much this meant to my father
I agreed, and kissing his cheek, I left for work
I felt a little odd approaching the station
Standing close to the edge of the platform
I waited that afternoon for the 2.40.
I remember asking my father why I couldn’t just
Take my journey in the second car
Father said it was best to avoid the 2.40 all together
As curiosity gets the best of some people.
I could hear the train approaching
I stood where the third car would stop
I could see a grey outline of someone sitting
in the seat Father mentioned
There were no discernible features to this mass
Shaking my head, thinking my father’s story
Must have gotten into my mind
I felt a connection, a longing, something remembered
I remembered my father saying that a soul mate
Was not someone you search for in life
It’s the missing part of self.
I knew what this meant, for I had often felt
Lost lonely unsure even when falling
in love with a boy from College
A few minutes of happiness that doesn’t last
Leaving me with the feeling of being unwhole.
Now that I have felt that missing part
I would break my word
I will sit in that seat tomorrow at 2.40
Let the missing part enter
See what life will bring…
Old stories whispered on wet afternoons
Do they contain a kernel of truth?
Are the stones more than man has made?
Late at night when the moon is full
Energy pulled from the stones
Blue flickering light
Can the fate of Merlin be seen?
Dancing in the circle?
I see mischief by magic made…
This week, over on MEWe, The Streets Ahead Book Promotion Club is focussing on M J Mallon’s wonderful story, The Curse of Time.
Now on our reading list, and should be on yours too?
A unique, imaginative mystery full of crystal magic-wielding, and dark elements.
Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl Esme who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting Amelina to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger. With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness. A magical YA/paranormal fantasy with dark elements set in Cambridge, England.
#curse #time #crystals #shadows #self-harm #mentalhealth
Goodreads Review quotes:
“Amelina is a teenage girl whose world has been turned upside down by a curse within a world where magic is hidden and most don’t seem to know of its existence. In fact, it seems she’s a descendant of a line of magic-wielding enchanters who have a special relationship with crystals. But with this curse, her father is time-ravaged, a girl is trapped in her mirror, and her family is falling apart. There are a lot of unanswered questions come the end of the book, so be on the lookout for more in the series. There are mentions of delicate issues such as cutting and anorexia, both handled with care, and a séance, but I’d recommend this book for older teens and people who love magical stories that involve power within crystals, curses, and unexplainable happenings.”
“The Curse Of Time by M.J. Mallon is an intricate fantasy novel with unique supernatural and magical elements which serves as a highly entertaining read. I had a great time reading this novel and exploring the magical world of Amelina full of magic crystals and enchanted mirrors.”
“This novel would be great for teenagers, or young adults and it follows the magical story of teenager Amelina as she steps into a world of crystals, magic and wonderment. There are some likeable and not so likeable characters and both are really well written. The book weaves a story of the main character learning new skills and you see her personal growth throughout the story. Nothing is what is seems and you want to find out how Amelina will use her enchanted gifts and learn who she can trust. A book packed full of intrigue, believable characters and poetic verse.”
“This is a brilliant book for young adults interested in magic, supernatural, paranormal, fantasy and myth. I found it highly readable and the author’s imagination is phenomenal, as is the fluency of her language and the dazzling way she describes the curious events and characters in her story. I loved the idea of Esme, the girl trapped in the mirror.”
“Beautifully written and poetic fantasy novel that perfectly sustains mystery and drama throughout the pages. The characters are very vivid and the world is rich in detail and atmosphere. Marjorie is excellent at painting imaginative and believable scenes with words and magic. A fantastic debut! Looking forward to her next book.”
“The overall world-building creates a wonderful, spiritual atmosphere.
There’s a bit of poetry at the start of every chapter, a nice touch which leads us into the action.
The story bravely tackles issues of mental health and self-harm, but in such a sensitive way that it can only help improve understanding.”
“This delightful book will appeal to teens and young adults who love stories filled with magical crystals, dark family curses, and mysteries waiting to be solved around every corner. Each chapter leads you on a journey of discovery where Amelina earns the right to use three wizard stones to reset the balance of time and finally break the curse that holds her family hostage. A captivating tale!” – Colleen M. Chesebro (Editor)