Some growl when they hear your name
pondering from where and whence it was you came.
Were you here for the common good
were you evil and, up to no good.

But, old man stooped in moonlight’s glow
I hold you in esteem.

Do I dream
are you really there, standing
by the stream.

What magic spells they tell you cast
Imperial wizard of old.
With scrunched up hat atop
wild hair and, silver beard
so bold.

Who would know such
power lies in that
tiny frame


Oh, I hear how the mighty have
fallen, for daring to
disparage your

It isn’t just medieval hype
nor is it any old folklore
for you can do magic
with rarest of flowers and
many mystical things.

Nothing is taboo for you to do
to have to justify
your name.

Why, with your undisputed

Even the lady of the lake
lifted the sword to you.

“Excalibur for a king”
You cried.
“He’ll come to claim the throne
and with me beside to guide him
willl make Camelot his home.”

And the mystical white Unicorn
bore witness to this show
gazing on in silence under
moonlit glow.

I too was bathed in colours
and saw dazzling displays
as he created a little magic
that left Me



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This famous wizard’s background was passed down first through spoken tales and then written into folklore around AD1100 which became legend. His original name and story seems to date much further back to sometime in Ad540 rather than the medieval tales told of him that we think of him now in connection with King Arthur.  But the Merlin We all relate to is the one most popular.
I couldn’t think of any other ‘oral traditional’ stories to tell about Britain and don’t know enough of Canadian history to try tackling something of which I don’t know too much about.

Shared with Three Word Wednesday CCLXV1 # Growl, Hype, Justify
With Real Toads The Oral Tradition

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Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

15 thoughts on “Merlin”

  1. DDT, this was beautiful imagery. There is magic not only in the story, but in your delivery.

    In answer to the Arthur/Merlin question: I do believe that, at least for Americans, Merlin is most associated with King Arthur because of the musical, “Camelot,” about King Arthur and Guinevere. Merlin was spirited away in the song “Follow Me.” (Of course, a famous Canadian made his Broadway debut as Sir Lancelot in that musical: Robert Goulet, my first real crush!) Amy

  2. oh nice..i have to re-read those stories again…loved them when i was a teen (which is quite a while ago…smiles) great bit of storytelling poetry here…and love that you wove yourself into the story as well…nice..

  3. Ah, Merlin the wizard of all wizards. The tales vary. I have read he was a powerful Druid but one of the best accounts in thought that I have read of him was ”
    The Crystal Caves” by Lady Mary Stewart. She had him as a child of the stars. In fact, I think she wrote a sequel to it. I don’t know if you have read it or not, but she wrotee several mystery novels including “The Moon Spinners” and “My Brother, Michael”. She loved to write about Greece.
    Have you ever looked into the stories of the wondrous Royal Canadian Mounties. Sort of like our Texas Rangers here and both still a valid elite force of the police.
    The picture did not come through but I have seen many of Merlin just as you described him.
    Wonderful writing, Bre!
    Love, Ann

  4. nice….love the tales of camelot and merlin…have you ever read any of stephen lawheads books they tie really well between history and legend….i think i would be amazed as well…smiles…

  5. Look at you rhyming up a storm and Merlin too which is such fun to do. Always like the tales of him and believe he was good and not grim.

  6. Wizzards and witches and unicorns can be wonderfully poetics topic for any writer. Lovely, Bren. Always, cat.

  7. Maybe we all have a Merlin in our thoughts – a revered elder..a maker of magic..magic certainly falls through your words..makes me see a little wonder..Jae x

  8. Enjoyed this haunting re-telling of this folktale. You’ve made
    the tale more spiritual and pretty.

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