Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

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Three Old Warlocks

You may be familiar with the Witch Country children's rhyme Three Old Warlocks Up a Flue. Though it frequently stands alone, it's actually part of a longer, and rather mysterious, poem of uncertain age and meaning, but with resonant depths.

And heights.


Three Old Warlocks


Three old warlocks

up a flue:

one flew away,

and then there were two.

One flew away,

and then there was one.

One flew away,

and then there were none.


Three old warlocks

up a flue:

 one went over,

one went under,

and one went through.



For FCM and KMZ



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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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