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In which I commit fan poetry

I've written fan poetry. I don't write fan poetry. Except for how apparently I do. *hangs head* I can explain, though! I was doing research on apotropaic magic and talismans ("aprotropaic" means having to do with protection...it's my new favorite word, and I'm going to take every possible opportunity to work it into conversation in the next few weeks) and having a discussion about lullabies and what makes a song usable as a lullaby, and...you know what, I should probably shut up and just let you read the thing.

Title: Cradle Song for a Hunter's Child
Author: kalquessa
Fandom: Supernatural
Genre: Gen, Poetry
Word Count: Four stanzas of six lines each.
Characters: Nobody specific
Season/Spoilers: Nothing, really, though I don't suppose it will mean much if you haven't seen an episode or two.
Rating: G
Warnings: Here thar be iambs. Also end-rhyme and alliteration.

Air kisses to izhilzha, who told me I should write this when I shared the idea, and who said nice things when I sent her the more-or-less finished poem.

Hush my baby, hush my dear,
Rest your head and cry no more.
Pappa's gone to hunt the night,
Mamma keeps the door.
Silver, salt, and settle-down,
Stars upon the floor.

Hush my darling, hush my child,
Night holds nothing you need dread.
Water blessed and noah bells
Guard about your bed.
Riddle, rhyme, and rattle-bones
Rest your weary head.

Hush my baby, hush my dear,
Safely sleep the hours through.
Mamma's said a silent prayer,
Washed the floor with blue.
Cat's eye, copper, cobalt glass,
Rosary and rue.

Hush my darling, hush my love,
Bends the night with listing ear.
Pappa's coming home again,
Mamma's ever near.
Silver, salt, and settle-down,
Give no voice to fear.

Note: I imagine this being a relic of the Samuel Colt era of Monster Hunting, since we don't really have a lullaby tradition these days, and also because the poem wanted to be archaic in style. I do like to think that maybe Ellen found this ditty somewhere and sang it to baby Jo once in a while. I suppose it's even possible that one of the boys found it on a scrap of paper tucked into John's journal with one of the more obscure references to protective amulets circled to remind him that he wanted to look that up later.

ETA: Three different people have written tunes for this little thing, which is just more kinds of cool than I know how to name. I'm hoping to get sound files for all three tunes and post them together, at some point, and since a few folks have asked about tunes here, I'll make a point of posting a link at spn_gen if and when that comes together.


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Jul. 24th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Jul. 24th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Nicely done!
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Jul. 24th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
You and your talent!

::shakes fist::

This is gorgeous. I don't even like poetry!
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Jul. 24th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
muy nice =)
That's my Ri!
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
*beams* Thanks, Koala!
Jul. 24th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, so much love for this.
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
I'm glad I mentioned the idea to you, since I don't think I would have written it if you hadn't said it was a cool idea.
Jul. 24th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jul. 24th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
This? Is lovely. And I'm with Izhi. I'd kinda like to hear it put to music.
Jul. 24th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Then you're in luck, because Ernie has begun work on a tune for it! *bounces*
(no subject) - izhilzha - Jul. 25th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 25th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm not into Supernatural, but I can say that "apotropaic" is one of my favorite words, too! Isn't it fun to say? apotropaic apotropaic apotropaic (LJ underlines it in red every time because it doesn't recognize that word, but we know better!)
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, once I figured out how to say it, I pretty much couldn't stop. Apotropaic! (Silly spellchecker.)
Jul. 25th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Came in through a friend's recommendation and I'm delighted. This is wonderful!

Silver, salt and settle down,
Give no voice to fear

Marvelous! I used to make up lullabies for my daughter but never really original.
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed!

My mom made up lullabies for me and my brother and sister a lot when we were kids, so maybe that's partly where this came from.
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Relax, a lullaby isn't poetry!
Admittedly I don't watch Supernatural, but I do like this.
I keep reading
Rosary and rue
Rosemary and rue but then I'm pagan *grin*!
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
I keep seeing/thinking "Rosemary" as well, probably just because it's another herb, but it doesn't flow quite as well that way, and as far as I know Rosemary isn't credited with any apotropaic (ha!) properties.
(no subject) - jaxomsride - Jul. 25th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 25th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Lullaby Tradition
Remnants...Talia's kids like to hear Aunt Susanna's lullaby each night (aka Mom's Lullaby). God seems to weave good into this life to 'keep the night light on' so to speak.

Nicely done.

Jul. 29th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Lullaby Tradition

Yeah, we had our own odd little lullaby tradition, didn't we? I think I can still remember most of Mom's lullaby, though it's tough because it was more organically grown than written, with new bits being tacked on in between existing lines, so it doesn't have a structure conducive to memory.
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Lovely! ♥
Jul. 29th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *grin*
Jul. 25th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
It ok. Sometimes fan poetry occurs. When you have your finger on the beating heart of fandom, it's hard to avoid.
Jul. 29th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Heh. Happens to the best of us, eh? *grin*
Jul. 28th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
That's really pretty, both the cadence and the imagery. :)
Jul. 29th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Iambic meter with lots of imagery is kind of my hometown. I hadn't been there in a while, and it was nice to get back.
Jul. 28th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
This is fabulous! Adding to memories!
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
I love your icon.
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