Scenes from a Witch’s Cottage (Part 3)

The hummingbird hovers, the goldfinch alights
A leafy green path ’neath the lofty pine beckons:
“Come ye to the woods, seek their earthen delights
where oaks count the hours and bright toadstools, the seconds.”Willow basket in hand, she heeds sylvan call
and wanders past foamflower and lowbush blueberry,
whispers welcome to trees, with a silent footfall,
she soaks up the magick of old forest Faerie.A lighthouse stands guard on the point, giving warning:
Wave-lapped rocks – sailors’ bane! – warmed by midsummer heat.
Her throne a moss pillow bedewed from the morning,
she rests, breathes in pine-scented air, soft and sweet.How wondrous the isle where the woods are enchanted!
How sparkles the sun on the diamond-like water!
How blessed is she in her sturdy white cabin,
where secrets are passed from wise mother to daughter!

Scenes from a Witch’s Cottage, Part 3
© 2017, Valerie Barrett

Writing Rocks


Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop fountain pen in Turquoise Dots; Winsor & Newton drawing ink for dip pens in Cobalt; leather-bound journal


Fingers romance a steaming cup –
small comfort when the night sighs
like a sleeping husband.
Dawn approaches; I’m alone with the keys,
beseeching the blue screen.
I call for the iron horseman,
hero of my pages
who has forsaken me:
Quit the shadows, and finish this thing.

“Blocked” © 2017 Valerie Barrett. All rights reserved.

Stones for Writers and Artists


Celestite, an excellent crystal for writers, complements this J. Herbin glass dip pen in Sky Blue and Noodler’s fountain pen ink in Walnut

When writer’s block strikes or creativity wanes, some people believe crystals help refocus their energies. Blue topaz, for example, is known as “the writer’s stone” because it is said to enhance written and verbal communication; public speakers may find it inspiring, too. The following stones are said to be helpful for writers, artists and craftspeople. Note that many of these crystals are blue-green, the colours of the throat chakra which is associated with the voice, communication, creativity, truth and expression.

Clear the mind / invite inspiration:  amethyst, lapis lazuli
Remove mental blocks:  bloodstone, celestite
Find focus:  agate
Restore confidence to speak effectively:  aquamarine, turquoise
Enhance creativity:  amazonite, aventurine
Promote patience:  moonstone
Improve communication:  blue topaz, sodalite

dsc_8957-4Here are two treatments of the same subject; I haven’t decided which I like better:

Haiku #1
in creeps frosted light
December’s dark mist no more –
the pagan wheel turns

Haiku #2
a frigid day dawns
months yet before the warming –
the turn of the year

“Haikus for January” © 2017 Valerie Barrett. All rights reserved.

At the close of an early autumn day

dsc_2180-3Clouds cover,
a soft rain falls,
and twilight’s blue creeps in.
But we, like bees, have gathered
and now turn to.
Corn and rye, we’ve stacked the barley;
but there are damsons to put up,
and apples will be scrumpy before the final frost  ̶
much still to do!
’Though at even’s veil we trim the wicks,
scrape chairs ’cross flags and sit close,
content the plough’s at peace and we are warm,
mending our nets by the fire.

“At the close of an early autumn day” © 2016 Valerie Barrett. All rights reserved.

Summer’s End

dsc_8886-16the soft subsidence
of summer; sharp-scented thyme
a dried memory

“Summer’s End” © 2016 Valerie Barrett. All rights reserved.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhot rock meets shade — ah!
in cool starry green, soles sigh
granite’s soft pillow

“Moss” © 2016 Valerie Barrett. All rights reserved.