Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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What Am I?

The ancestors loved to hone their wits on a good, gritty riddle, especially on long winter nights. (Words in winter are light, they say.)  Here's one that occurred to me while out walking today.

Go ahead, kill me.

Break me in pieces;

see if I care.

In one winter's night,

 I will make myself whole again,

heal all my hurts.

What am I?

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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.


  • Ann Edwards
    Ann Edwards Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    So what am I?

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    The picture is a clue.

  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    Fractured? Or melting and reforming.

  • Victoria
    Victoria Thursday, 15 March 2018


  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Thursday, 15 March 2018

    That's it. I was out early enough that what, during the day, had been puddles of melt-water, were still frozen smooth.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Thursday, 15 March 2018

    It's interesting that, according to the conventions of the riddle genre--as, for example, among the Old English riddles in the Exeter Book--supposedly "inanimate" objects speak in first person.

    Is this just a literary convention, one wonders, or a hold-over from a world in which there was something less of a wall of separation between animate and "inanimate"?

    "Things are people too," a friend of mine always used to say.

  • Victoria
    Victoria Sunday, 18 March 2018

    I love the riddles in the Exeter Book, this is my favorite:

    Yes, I agree with your comments, borders on animism.

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