Oak Kings and Dragons

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Deep in the winter forest, the oak kings wrestle limb to wooden limb. Their wooden fingers clatter in the bitter ice wind, struggling to find holds, even as their sap blood seeps away into the dark earth. Pulling and tugging at their burnished shrivelled cloaks are sharp green fingers of Holly, eager to climb into their place in the light. In Winters freezing breath and dim light Holly thrives as the Oak Kings fail.
Here a fallen oak dragon lies, it’s skull dissolving slowly back into the dark soil, and a holly sapling sprouts evergreen from its neck.
The eternal struggle lies at our feet, and the season rolls forwards towards the light, with Holly victorious for now.

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Slain oak dragons skull
Earth reclaims the bones and blood
Holly gushes forth.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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39 Responses to Oak Kings and Dragons

  1. tree girl says:

    Amazing trees. How old do you think they are?

    • Some of the trees are around 400 years old…….just think of all that history rolling past as they stood rooted to their spot on earth. They have such a peaceful atmosphere around them πŸ™‚

  2. Gallivanta says:

    Lovely haiku πŸ™‚

  3. Rachael Charmley says:

    Magical writing. Very evocative and beautiful.

  4. ladyfi says:

    Lovely magical shapes and figures!

  5. Pete says:

    I thought I had left a post for you…….. I live in Angus and near Forfar there is a standing stone and it is said that is where the last Scottish dragon was killed, so dragons must have been real πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Pete, wordpress doing funny things again πŸ™‚
      I’ve heard stories about this stone, is it the same one where some stories tell go three or nine maidens being slain by the dragon first?
      I must go up for a visit, us it easy to find?

      • Pete says:

        No thats the Dundee dragon, there is a huge one made of metal in the high st, google Dundee dragon and you will see it, I will go out tjis weekend and see if I can find the stone again, last visited 20 years ago lol πŸ™‚

  6. Ese' s Voice says:

    Nature is full of surprises, and I really like the way it played with your and now – also my imagination πŸ™‚ Beautiful!

    • That’s so true Ese, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed having your imagination played with. There’s always something new to notice in nature, and yet there is a comforting pattern which repeats πŸ™‚

  7. dadirri7 says:

    wonderful drama in the forest, and you see it! we have dancing trees here, I sit with them sometimes πŸ™‚

  8. poppytump says:

    What an entrancing spell the Mighty Oak Dragon has cast forth even now as he lies in his decaying sleep giving shelter …
    Just… beautifully composed Seonaid .

  9. An Arthur Rackham tree – wonderful what nature can do.

  10. Deena Kakaya says:

    You know what, every time I read your posts I want to take a long, long walk and just ‘be’.

  11. Wonderful words and a heartbreaking image. Thanks

  12. What fabulous old trees. I just love your imagination. πŸ™‚

  13. Love your pics, Seonaid, and what a fantastic account of the valiant struggle for power. Yay for the victorious Holly! We women are a strong lot. πŸ™‚

  14. Are you going along to Trish’s/Pete’s thingy (I’m taking some stuff too)? I would love to see what you see, but with my own eyes. I want to see dragons for myself! PS oak to win as well.

  15. Lucid Gypsy says:

    It would be interesting to watch the gradual returnto earth of this Oak King.

    • It would Gilly, but there are interesting changes afoot, around the roots of these old trees. They are introducing wild pigs, an old breed, back into the oak woods, and they are erecting fencing around the spot where this oak skull has fallen. I’m not sure if I will be brave enough to venture back in as the pigs are big, very hairy and have piglets!!

  16. Pete says:

    I live in Angus, near Forfar there is a standing stone and it is suppose to mark the place where the last Scottish dragon was killed, I have just remembered that after reading your post, I will have to go and photograph it. πŸ™‚

  17. colonialist says:

    It is no wonder I find it easier to write fantasy with UK settings – the scenery is just that much more fantastical!

  18. ginnietom says:

    remember some oaks from Tim Burton’s Alice Movie…:-)))

  19. These old trees got a lot of character. I can definitely see the dragons posturing getting ready for their next punch or fire breath! You are so lucky to live in a country that still has so many ancient trees. I just recently came across an old spruce forest that held a similar magical energy. If you haven’t seen it already, here is the link: http://beautyalongtheroad.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/untouched-for-centuries-a-virgin-spruce-forest/

    • It’s so easy to see the magical shapes in their twisted and energised limbs and trunks. They seem to lean in towards each other …….
      I really love the atmosphere in these old oak woods, and I loved your post about the undisturbed spruce forest ……..a lucky accident πŸ™‚ Thanks for the link.

  20. Leya says:

    Tough figh,t but in the end – I vote for the Dragon to win. ..Beautiful oak trees – cannot really get enough of them…

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