ON PAGAN ROADS

by David Arv Bragi

Author's Forward

Welcome fellow travelers. Herein you'll find a collection of fifty-three short tales and character sketches, told in verse form, about life in the 1970's, when long robed sorcerers, long haired rockers and long winded street preachers prowled the nation's back roads and back alleys in search of the Philosopher's Stone, or the Holy Grail, or at least a place where nobody had heard of disco music.

At that time Wicca was a smaller, more intimate community than the popular spiritual network of today. Largely underground and unknown to the public, we worshipped in discreet, family-like covens and groves, without the benefits of the Internet or the dubious benefits of a paid clergy. At worst, we reflected the petty feuds and conceits that you'll find most anywhere people congregate. At best, we kept alive a mystical flame that the Western World had long thought extinguished.

You can read any selection separately from the others, but if you read them in order they will tell a complete story. Although most of the tales are based on real incidents, all of the characters are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons is unintended. Better historians than I will write the definitive chronicles of Wicca; On Pagan Roads is simply one Witch's recollection of the days when the Mysteries of the Ages smashed headlong into the Age of Polyester.

I'd like to offer much thanks to my wife, Dolores J. Nurss (aka Dreamdeer), for the many hours spent reading, critiquing and cajoling these poems into print.

Happy trails;
Bragi
February 2004
San Diego, California


TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I - THE ROAD PAGAN

  1. A Prayer For The Great Street Preachers Of California
  2. My Name
  3. UFO #1
  4. En Passant
  5. Lost Within The Temple Of Night
  6. Some Miles East Of Tucson
  7. Desert Daddy
  8. Cruces
  9. The Worst Thing About Tuscatani Jail
  10. Riders of the Sky
  11. Solitary
  12. Fatman In A Car Talking About Fornication In A Tent
  13. Appalachian Moon
  14. The Jolly Loanshark
  15. Fat Skills

PART II - THE PAGAN IN NEW YORK

  1. Night Ferry
  2. Madonna
  3. Weeping Down The Moon
  4. Dealer's Choice
  5. The Witch
  6. Going Home
  7. Necronomicon
  8. Cherisse
  9. War Of The Witches
  10. Confession
  11. Turtle
  12. Three Mile Island
  13. Trinity
  14. Lelia
  15. The Red Wolf's Tale
  16. Farewell, The Lady Said
  17. The Stream
  18. On A Sunday Afternoon
  19. The Wintry Quean
  20. Herbal
  21. Lady Of
  22. The Rites Of Spring
  23. Esbat
  24. Witches Never Say Good-bye

PART III - THE END OF THE ROAD

  1. Picket's Charge
  2. The Chesapeake And Ohio
  3. Shelter Journal
  4. Shenandoah
  5. Caught
  6. Roanoke Island
  7. Dixie Witches
  8. The One Who Is Meant
  9. Wednesday Morning November Fifth Nineteen Hundred And Eighty
  10. UFO #2
  11. Floating Witches
  12. Kiva
  13. A Prayer For The Hitchhiker
  14. The End Of The Road

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