Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Revontulet"

This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mdlbear and [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "Northern / Southern Lights" square in my 9-3-17 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to the Hart's Farm series.


"Revontulet"


Muirgen is a fisherwoman
and often busy with her work,
but now and again she steals
a moment for her own amusement.

Tonight she lies in the strawberry field
with a fisher girl visiting from Finland.

Lumi has long shining braids of hair
the color of sunlight on strawberries
and high pink cheeks like new apples.
Her skin smells as sweet as the fruit
that they shared for supper.

She points at the sky overhead,
lit with swishes of yellow and red, and
whispers a fairytale about Revontulet,
the Fire Fox running over the snow
so fast that sparks fly up from her tail.

Muirgen laughs and rolls over,
pulling Lumi on top of her,
pale skin luminous and
beautiful in the foxlight.

In a day or a week,
Lumi will be gone like
the Fire Fox in the sky,
but that does not matter.

Tonight she is here,
and the grass beneath them
is better than any bed.

* * *

Notes:

Muirgen (Irish: born of the sea) -- a fisher with long, light brown hair worn in a braid down her back. Bisexual.
Farmborn: Great-granddaughter of Gylfa, granddaughter of Ronan, daughter of Heiðr and Leif, niece of Ake and Ola, younger sister of Gróa, older sister of Annika, younger cousin of Tyko, Elharn, and Soren; mother of Sheelin; aunt of Borga, Ketiley, and Thorsten. Introduced in "Julbord."

Lumi (Finnish: light of life) -- a fisher from Finland with pale skin and long strawberry blonde hair, usually braided up into a crown. She visits Hart's Farm and spends a night with Muirgen. Outsider. Lesbian.

* * *

The Northern Lights have many legends about them. In Finland, they are said to be sparks from a fox's tail.
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