by Wendy Andrew
Now, Queen, farewell, for Samhain Eve is come.
Farewell your flower fields and insects’ hum.
There is an edge of frost with airy blade
Sharpening the night and troubling the glade.
In velvet sky the stars are crystal bright.
Come, Halloween, prepare the witches’ night!
The fallen leaves are crisp beneath our feet,
Ready for dancing at our merrymeet,
And bonfire waits the spark.
Now stealthily gather by dusk around
the leafless tree,
Join hands and dance,
invoke the Winter Queen. *
Let power arise within the circle’s ring!
At summer’s end the gates are open wide
Into the other world at Hollantide,
And souls may come and go,
Strange things be seen
Ere pales the dawn,
The night of Halloween.
* changed from King to Queen
Blessings dark and deep!