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"Questions Of A Young Apprentice" by Dan Shevock

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Questions Of A Young Apprentice

By Dan Shevock


“Why must a Druid first be a Bard? Why does he learn to craft bold verse?”


‘cause word crafted well is an able spell

with elements and spirits in his purse.

This is why the apprentice must rehearse.


“Why must a Druid remember the past, the dull lines of kings now long dead?”


The blood is the hilt, the barons the gilt.

The true trail to power is read,

from the lines of the kings now long dead.


“Why must a Druid meditate so? It seems better time could be spent.”


There’s none greater outside, more so than inside,

our mind where our ancestors went.

This is how your time is best spent.


“And why such order and disciplined work, commandments, and laws, and codes?”


The laws a foundation sustaining our nation,

for the weak whilst they travel the road.

Memorize ye must, the codes.


“Why must a Druid learn all the herbs, and powders, and roots and from trees?”


Healing and magick will help avoid tragic,

and guide much that the master sees.

So, practice in ones, twos and threes.


“Why must a Druid speak with the Fae, they’re fickle and flighty and fluid”


They’ve been around long trilling their jocose song.

From them derives much Lore ‘O Druids,

such flexible wit, so fluid.

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19 Nov 2005:-) Sophia Tula Rose Dique

Well, I'm impressed.
Very, VERY nice. It sort of has the rhythm of a song - you're not a musician, are you? If you were, music would tie in so well with that.
Thank you again for commenting on my stuff - I know I sort of suggested that you looked at my poem but thanks for all the nice things you said. 2


:-) Dan Shevock replies: "As a matter of fact, I am a drummer. (if that can be considered a musician lol) One of the things that inspired me on this poem, is that Druids would have spoken in verse often. (as they had so many histories and legends memorized) Of course, they don't have black wings. 2"
1 Dec 2005:-) Andrijana Ignjatovic
What a lovely little poem. Gah, these apprentices, they do test your patience, don´t they? =)
I love how the poem flows and the rhyme of course.

Why must a Druid learn all the herbs, and powders, and roots and from trees?” These is the only sentence that I find a bit awkward..."from the trees" seems a bit off in the context.
A amusing poem, does remind me of the bards character in a RPgame called Neverwinter´s Night, were the bard used to sing all his sentences. ;-)

:-) Dan Shevock replies: "Thanks for the comment. 2 I never got that far in "Neverwinter's Night." Maybe some video-game company will want to pick up my poem. LOL (btw. in "from trees," I mean similar to the powders made from willow trees... which I've heard make aspirin, a necessary skill in the ancient Britons) "
2 Dec 200545 Andrea Dale
Wow, interesting questions!!! Very nice, original and well written

:-) Dan Shevock replies: "Thanks"
12 Dec 2005:-) Jean Kogok
Such a fun poem--the dialogic set up was a great idea. It takes you into an interesting conversational world. I'd never have thought of it, so it was quite fun to read.

:-) Dan Shevock replies: "Thanks, it was fun to write something with a "different" set up."
16 Mar 2007:-) Norma Peters
I love the clever rhymes and the cadence of the poem. It has a very infectious lilt, almost like a song. Well done!

:-) Dan Shevock replies: "Thanks for the comment."
12 May 2007:-) Kim Schoonover (Darth Maul´s scary sister)
Impressive, how you managed to keep it all within such a strictly structured format while still having it retain such a fluid semblance of speech... but its most certainly not the normal sort, here... except for the apprentice's questions...

But then it just ended, and that was that... no conclusion, just the apprentice giving up with the q&a and going back to his studies...

Its so lovely. ^^

:-) Dan Shevock replies: "Yeah, I guess it was rather unfulfilling, no catharsis. But, it was more of a capturing of a moment of time, not necessarily an important moment, just a moment. "
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'Questions Of A Young Apprentice':
 • Created by: :-) Dan Shevock
 • Copyright: ©Dan Shevock. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Apprentice, Bard, Codes, Druid, Fae, Herbalism, Herbs, History, Law, Magic, Magick, Meditate, Poem
 • Categories: Faery, Fay, Faeries, Magic and Sorcery, Spells, etc.
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