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The Victorian-era poet Tennyson inspired this bit of romanticism. Originally it was three pages long and quite the traditional tale of virtue: he meets her, feels terribly guilty, decides to leave her and she dies of heart‑ache and he dies of remorse and only the horse gets out alive. Weeks later I found only the first page, which finishes with them sleeping by the pool, before all the gory Christian morality starts. Which turned out to be a great place to end! Andy's guitar work on this is one of the highlights of the album for me.


The Emerald Knight

Through the forest rode a knight on an errand,
in the service of the Queen of his Court.
Sent to find a magic emerald to heal the King,
he’d ridden for years and was weary at heart.

And a nymph of the Waterfall spied him,
and she wished with this stranger to rest.
And as she made her wish she lightly touched
an emerald on her breast.

So the Knight becomes drowsy and clumsy;
his head nods and sleep shadows fall.
And his horse unbidden makes his way to a river
with a whispering waterfall.

The half asleep Knight saw a beautiful girl,
she seemed to appear from the light.
She bade him “Come bathe in the pool of the waterfall,
in the waters happy and bright.”

He took off his helmet with peacock crest,
loosed his sword of bronze and pearl.
His jerkin of amber and silver and brocade,
he lay them all at the feet of the girl.

And he thought of his errand and he thought of his Queen;
duty said he should leave and ride back.
But he was sick from his labours and it had been so long
since a girl had smiled at him like that.

Naked he bathed in the waterfall,
and then the nymph invited him to rest.
And in the sunshine and shade by the water
she placed an emerald on his breast.

And he remembered his youth and his laughter;
he let the girl take him where she would.
And the nymph delighted in her handsome man;
and soon they slept by the pool in the wood.


from Tales of the Rainbow Gnome, released March 17, 2017



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Brendan O'Shea Sunshine Coast, Australia

In his past Brendan has been a Buddhist monk, a yoga teacher, a graphic designer and he is almost qualified as a Transpersonal Counsellor. He started writing poetry 4 years ago as part of self-healing, and these are some of the most popular. He lives with his wife Kerry near Maleny. ... more

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