and it shall come to pass

selkie whit 2s

and who am I and what is he?
and how will I keep this unborn child?
are we not all changelings?

we dwell half in night’s shades,
half in sun dappled waters–
and who am I and what is he?

far away in ancient song,
and never and always, becoming three–
and how will I keep this unborn child?

green earth or deep green sea–
our very being vibrates between–
are we not all changelings?

selkie close up s

A cascade poem for dVerse, where De has us considering sea people.  I’ve used the Child Ballad, The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry, as inspiration.  The artwork was done for a previous poem on the same subject.

There are so many beautiful versions of this song.  It has been recorded by Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Maddy Prior, June Tabor, Roger McGuinn and Solas among others.  Below are  2 very different recordings, by Steeleye Span, and Port.

45 thoughts on “and it shall come to pass

  1. A beautiful retelling of the Childe Ballad. Thanks for sharing these two versions. You’re right, so different, but both are beautiful. The first I heard of the silkie legend was from listening to Joan Baez sing this song. It struck me as being so sad–not just the ending, but the way the mother was treated, too. “Your nurse’s fee” always makes me angry, but you give a different perspective.

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  2. Quite the story told of the great silkie. I listened to both selections and liked both, but the first one had the power of magic in it. I wonder if they are all sisters? They sound like sirens singing together!

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  3. A delightful cascade poem, Kerfe! I love the source of inspiration, the sort of music I was listening to around forty years ago when I lived in Ireland, and, as always, I love your artwork. The questions anchor the subject to the structure, and the number of lines in each stanza to the idea of ‘becoming three’. My favourite lines, so beautiful, are:
    ‘we dwell half in night’s shades,
    half in sun dappled waters’.
    Yes, are we not all changelings?

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  4. I had never heard of the Childe Ballads and of course not The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry. That’s what I love about poetry. It makes me dig deeper. Thank you for this lovely poem (are we not all changelings – I think yes) and for the pleasure of learning more.

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