ON PAGAN ROADS
by David Arv Bragi
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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I - THE ROAD PAGAN
PART II - THE PAGAN IN NEW YORK
PART III - THE END OF THE ROAD
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On Pagan Roads Copyright © 2004 David Bragi