Blackberry Haze

Blackberry Haze

Blackberry Haze

This is a song we sang at school. It unfolds with the changing of the seasons in a haunting and beautiful way. It starts with autumn…

Blackberry haze and an Elderberry,

Hang heavy and ripe in the shortening days,

Bright as a banner, the autumn leaves

Turn red in the old sun’s dying rays.

            The dance goes on and it’s never ending

            The circle turns and returns again

             The year burns on and the wood in autumn

            Gathers itself for the winter’s pain

Winter bites and the leaves are falling

Through the hawthorn cold wind run, through

Dwindling days the cruel leaved holly, keeps

Safe the memory of the sun.

            The dance goes on and it’s never ending

            The circle turns and the singer sings,

            The year burns low but the winter wood

            Still holds the memory of the spring

Breezes blow through the woods in springtime,

Roots spring deep in the wakened earth

The young leaves shine in the quickening sunlight

Dance the song of the New Year’s birth

            The dance goes on and it’s never ending,

            The circle turns and the singer sings,

            The year turns round but the wood in spring time,

            Does not care what the winter brings.

When the leaves are long in the days of summer

And the light drifts through them, cool and green,

The great trees stir in their dreaming sleep and

Sing slow tales of the year they’ve seen

            The dance goes on and it’s never ending

            The circle turns and the tale unfolds

            The year turns on but the wood in summer

            Has no thought for the winter’s cold…

I leave you with the Barley moon…

About woodlandknitter

Who am I? A Mummy first a foremost to my two children, Toby and Emily. We took the decision to home educate the children after Toby had many problems within state education. Unable to send them to a Steiner school at present we base their education around the Waldorf ethos. This is working out wonderfully so far and we wish we had done it sooner. Secondly I am a fibre obsessive. Knitting, spinning, felting, dyeing or just generally stroking, anything goes. You can usually find us in the woods or up a hill, by the ocean's edge or climbing trees. Follow the little trail of yarn clippings and there we will be, me with some form of fibre in my bag at all times. #118 We try to live a simple, natural and holistic lifestyle, making sure that we connect to nature daily. Fairy tales and seeking out the enchanted in everyday life is a big part of our lives, as is plenty of craft and art. I am a new member of a medieval re-enactment group, the House of the Black Star and have met some amazing people through it. I have much to learn from them. In this blog I hope to inspire and share with you the things which inspire me. Feedback is always enjoyed and appreciated. Comments on my blog are always loved! I hope a little woodland magic makes you happy today! #037 Find me on facebook Ravelry Craftsy Etsy Pinterest
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