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Aleph

01 Mar

An eaglet was an earthbound orphan
because the nestling did not find its wings
& spun awkwardly to the ground.
Now the apex predator was the hunted
& a snuffling bear was near.
However, an old crone found the baby
eagle. She lived in the forest as a hermit.
She tended it until, one day, the young eagle
took off.
As it soared away,
it could spot her loving tears.
The eagle was full of gratitude
for the caring old forest hag.

In a nearby kingdom, a foretold child
was born that an evil dragon-sorcerer
was obsessed with killing.
Prophesy had said that this child
would end the dragon-sorcerer’s
reign of black magic over the kingdom
and set up a new domain of mercy
and justice.

So, the child’s caregivers hid
in the forest with the child.
But the sorcerer’s minions
found and killed them,
nevertheless, the child was unharmed.
The evil sorcerer would
stop at nothing to find
and destroy the babe.

One day, the eagle was hunting
when its keen eye caught sight
of something at the edge of the forest;
a moving bundle under a ledge.

Flying down to investigate,
it heard the baby whimpering.
Recalling the kindness of the crone,
the eagle decided to tend to the child.
It built a sizeable warm nest
insulating the child from the elements.

Then, the eagle revisited the crone
and directed her to the child.
The eagle and crone became
the child’s surrogate parents to provide
and protect it from
the sorcerer’s intrigues.

The dragon-sorcerer regularly scoured
the forest but could not find the child.
His minions also tortured
and interrogated villagers
for any information about the child’s
whereabouts.
But they were no match
for the keen senses of the eagle
who observed the sorcerer’s actions.

Later, the forest tiger and bear found out
that the eagle and crone
were harboring the child in the forest.
They threatened to tell
the dragon-sorcerer unless
the eagle gave
them the child to eat.

The tiger, bear, dragon, sorcerer,
and crone failed to understand
that the child
orchestrated everything.
The child’s overruling power
didn’t mean they were its puppets.
The baby was just always a step ahead
of every decision made regarding it.
Those who intended good
toward the child were blessed. Those
who intended evil toward it
succeeded only
to curse themselves.

© –Brian Hodgkinson 2021

 

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