Princess Waterfall's Song

Voice Card  -  Volume 20  -  Stuart Card Number 10  -  Sat, May 18, 1991 11:20 AM

This is a response to VC 19 Stuart 8 ("More Woodcutter Tree")...

In the last poem from THE BODY BESTIARY, Uncle Caterpillar explained in his silken tapestry weavings of how Moonlight, pursued by the evil Duchess of Moisture and her toad soldiers because he had spurned her love for him, had left his real love, his true love, Princess Waterfall, in the safekeeping of the Woodcutter Tree. Now the Princess is all alone, separated by her love, who has been very possibly slain.

What follows is her plaint. You'll notice that the poem is in two columns. This poem can be read in two ways: either down each of the columns or across, as one would normally read.

The poem is called What I Hear in the Creek Stones: The Princess Waterfall's Song (once again, you'll want to expand the text field to get the proper lineation, especially with this poem):

"Shall I go to the waterby the swift water
Yes if it flows to youby the Woodcutter Tree I grieve
Listen the seais he chained too by desire
Betrayed by shadowsdid soldiers let you live
Along that roadalong that road you travel
In the dream grassdream thighs move and we come
If in ten years you find thisin that deepened hill
Know this my love know thisone night there was a dream
One night I saw a lightknow this my love know this
I watched its brightnessI climbed the Woodcutter Tree
OverjoyedI watched for you in the branches
I thought you had returnedwould you still find me pretty
I saved myself for youbut it was not you
I wanted to run to youbut it was to you. . ."