The Tuatha de Dannan Came Here As Well

the tuatha de dannan


After the wild fires, winter hangs her grey veil

over the landscape — and through it,

you watch the other world moving

toward their spring habitat.


Pale light fills the outline

of lady, knight and horse

as the fairy court glides beyond

the mountains of the high desert.


In their wake, they leave a soft wind

plucking strings of rain

that echo deep in root and bone, field and hill,

dry wash and saguaro rib —


a song of migration

calling for strange birds to come home

and flowers to bloom that haven’t bloomed


in many decades. Eden’s ghost

haunts the desert in maiden green –letting us

wear a cloak of mist and breach

an unseen world that subtly becomes seen.


Bark moist and blackened by rain

reveals the tracings of bird and insect

who’ve carved their presence in a tree — casting

the pine as a totem

other generations understood, worshipped

long before us. Their spirits wandering still

in bands of weather that defy the drought.


Under a frail sun, frogs and salamanders

surface early to sing, reclaiming their kingdoms

of moss and mud. And with them, our translucent selves

rise allowing the first

magic of earth to filter through, our insight now


(as it was then) – the divine

permeability of a child.


The penciled etching is done by fantasy artist, Alan Lee.  He is widely known for his speculative fiction or mythical drawings; especially those associated with The Tolkien stories.


  1. Anyone who doubts the resilience of nature should watch a desert come alive after a rare rainstorm. One could easily believe in the passage of a Fairy troop scattering their magic.


  2. Thank you Michael

    For this keen and insightful response. I sincerely appreciate it and agree, when the rain christens the desert, the aftermath is a magical an spectacular sight.

    Again, thanks!
    My Best


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