Thursday, 1 September 2016

Beyond the grave of Beni Blue

Rainbows at Night - The Poems of Clive Culverhouse

A poem of folklore fantasy

Beni Blue is a fictitious character in Heliodorian folklore. His name is taken from the rare blue crystal mineral Benitoite. As with all the names of the people of Heliodor, their names are those of crystals and minerals.

This tale in verse is a favourite around the nightly fires of the long cold winter evenings.

 Beyond the grave of Beni Blue

Beyond the grave of Beni Blue

was an aging twisting branching Yew

Young Beni liked to play and hide

as he did the day he died

In a forgotten graveyard corner it grew

hiding a doorway known by few

The thick gnarled trunk cast in the dark

a secret portal in the bark

To another land the passage went

its traveller far away was sent

but what young Beni didn’t know

was who once lived there long ago

A witch was said to rule the land

a lonely hag who had one hand

for the other was taken by the beast she kept

who bit it off when the woman slept

The beast it grew, outliving the crone

now ruling the land, it stood alone

This monster was a Fire-Tongue

a red and scaly huge dragon

It roared its tongue of deadly flame

clearing the land of all who came

When Beni arrived, the beast was sleeping

But on seeing it there, he started weeping

The boy hid and cowered with fear

as the dragon searched far and near

sensing the stranger who came to his lair

the smell of a boy who shouldn’t be there

Beni was found and the monster roared

a stick the boy threw, like a spear it soared

piercing deep into the beast’s eye

Beni froze as he watched it die

Jumping back through the secret door

Beni vowed to return no more

As old age claimed and boy became man

he remembered the Yew and hatched a plan

He found the portal as best he could tell

but now much older he stumbled and fell

into the mouth of the long dead beast

its fire still stirred, an unexpected feast

The dragon gave a final roar

blasting remains through the secret door

Now Beni guards the passageway

a warning to all never to stray

So beware the graveyard corner’s dark

and the secret portal in the bark

of the aging twisting branching Yew

beyond the grave of Beni Blue

more stories like this can be found in 
The Legend Of Heliodor: Tales From The Realm

© 2016 Clive Culverhouse. All rights reserved. This poem is the property of Clive Culverhouse and may not be used without permission.


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