Smorgasbord Poetry – Samhain by V.M.Sang

A warm welcome to V.M. Sang who is sharing one of her poems with us. Although a little past Halloween.. the influences are still around us… all year around!  And you will know what you must do next year.

Samhain by V.M.Sang

Samhain is the pagan pre-curser to what we now call Hallowe’en. It was thought that on the nights of the equinox the veil separating the world of the dead from our own world thinned, and the dead could come through.

Not all the dead were consindered scary, though. The people thought that their recent dead visited them, and they put out food, or set an extra place at the table to accommodate them. These dead came to see their loved ones were going on alright.

Evil spirits, though, could come through, too, and so bonfires were lit to keep them at bay. The home fires were put out, too, to be relit the following day from the bonfires.

Pope Gregory decided that some of the pagan dates should be incorporated into the Christian calendar as psople were used to celebrating on those days. Samhain was one of these. The Pope designated it to be All Saint’s Day, hence the night before became All Hallow’s Eve. (Hallows being another word for ‘holy’ or ‘saint’.)

Pope Gregory also fixed the date of Christmas to co-incide with the pagan festival of Yule, and turned some of the pagan gods into saints. He also used pagan worshiping sites to build Christian churches, on the same principal. People were used to going there to worship.

Here is a poem I wrote for Samhain. I hope you like it.

SAMHAIN

Don’t go near the graveyard, darling,
Samain is tonight.
Don’t go near the graveyard, darling,
The dead will walk this night.

Keep your candle burning, darling,
Keep it glowing bright.
Keep your candle burning, darling,
Be sure it gives you light.

The bonfires have been lit, darling,
To fill the dark with light.
The bonfires have been lit, darling,
Their flames reach such a height.

Put your home fires out, darling.
Be sure to do it right.
Put your home fires out, darling.
From bonfires we’ll relight.

Put food by the door, darling.
Leave it in plain sight.
Put food by the door, darling.
For our own to have a bite.

Do not be afraid, darling,
They see that we’re alright.
Do not be afraid, darling,
No harm from them tonight.

But evil spirits come, darling.
We must put them to flight.
But evil spirits come, darling;
Them we must try to fight.

Go and watch the bonfires, darling.
Stand in their bright light.
Go and watch the bonfires, darling,
They keep us safe this night.

©V.M.Sang

Books by V.M.Sang

About The Stones of Earth and Air: Elemental Worlds Book One – Published in August 2017.

After the Crown Prince of Ponderia starts behaving strangely, his best friend Pettic discovers that the prince has been replaced by a doppelganger, and the real prince kidnapped.

Unable to accept the loss of his friend, Prince Torren, nor the cruel impostor to become the new king, Pettic sets on a quest to rescue his friend. After he sees the fake prince meet a mysterious man, Pettic discovers that the prince has been imprisoned in another plane of existence.

With the help of Blundo, the court magician, Pettic finds out that the only way to enter this another world are four keys, each of them associated with a different element. As Pettic sets on his seemingly impossible quest, he discovers that the four lands that hold the keys are all vastly different… and more dangerous than he could have ever imagined.

Buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/V.M.-Sang/e/B00CK8JHRM

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/V.M.-Sang/e/B00CK8JHRM

Read the reviews and follow Viv on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7246316.V_M_Sang

About V.M. Sang

I was born in Northwich in Cheshire, UK. and grew up in an idyllic area for children. My friends and I used to go out to play in the woodlands around the area. Of course, people were less anxious about what might happen to their children in those days. Not that they cared less, it was just that there seemed to be less to worry about.

While I was growing up I was a tomboy. I climbed trees, played hide and seek in the woods, dammed the streams, searched for caterpillars and butterflies, learned about the birds and wild animals and picked wild flowers. (That was not illegal then, of course.)

I loved being with animals, especially dogs. This photograph shows me and a friend with my Border Collie, Laddie. He was a lovely dog.

When I grew up I went to teacher training college where I studied Science with maths and English as subsidiary subjects. Here I enjoyed myself very much. I joined the Hiking Club and on a hike to Kinder Scout in Derbyshire, I met my future husband.

I took up painting and a variety of crafts during the time when I was bringing up my children. I still do them when not writing. One of my favourites is tatting, a craft that not many people seem to do these days, which is a pity as it’s quite easy and makes many very pretty things.

I now live in East Sussex with my husband and enjoy the company of my grandchldren

Connect to Viv Sang

Blog/Website: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/viv.sang

My thanks to Viv for sharing this poem and look forward to seeing more posts from her in the future. Thanks for dropping in .. Sally

 

 

14 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Poetry – Samhain by V.M.Sang

  1. A most enjoyable poem from Viv, I like the way she captured an old ballad feel and keep an almost nursery rhyme quality. It was fun yet put a chill down my spine, I felt like a kid listening to the adults talk about all sorts of dark things you shouldn’t know at that age.

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