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Are You Baba Yaga?


Are You Baba Yaga?

I want a Faerie cottage on wheels,
in which to travel the country.
Traversing wide plains, in my magic hut,
I'll settle down each night by its cozy hearth,
cat curled up alongside.
I will drink mint tea all day,
munch crisp apples by the side of the road,
and study rain.
I will park my home by lakes,
under oak trees,
on beaches,
in friends' driveways,
next to waterfalls,
at festivals, at concerts,
and by farmers' markets.
No one will see, except a few blessed like me,
that my home is not wheeled, but walking on giant legs.
Or giant wings?
I'm not Baba Yaga or, rather, not who she seems.
Because she roamed wild, wandered free,
they called her a demon hag.
They had to explain away an old woman traveling solitary.
But she was a Fey Witch. Like me. A shaman. A priestess.
We journey in our myths, serving our Gods
by ministering to those we meet along the path
and by our joy and play.
I don't need a man, all I need are Gods and a cat.
I am a happy old woman alone. I am on an adventure.
A shut-in due to illness, every morning I hit the roads of Faerie.
Are you Baba Yaga too?
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Francesca De Grandis aka Outlaw Bunny is the bestselling author of "Be a Goddess!" Founder of The Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition that she teaches through both text and oral tradition, De Grandis says, "I'm a trickster working for benevolent chaos Gods, so I don't play mean tricks." Bard, painter, mystical innovator, and busy elf who works part-time for Santa Claus, she blogs here and on her own sites, www.stardrenched.com and www.outlawbunny.com


  • thomas byrnes
    thomas byrnes Wednesday, 07 August 2013

    No , I'm Baba O' Reilly . Sorry , I couldn't resist that and yes , I know I'm an ass . That's a terrific poem ; I love it and gave you well deserved 5 stars . Brava !

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 07 August 2013

    Thomas, I adore you, you goofball. And thank you for the stars. They really help! Big hug.

  • thomas byrnes
    thomas byrnes Wednesday, 07 August 2013

    Thank you ; goofball is one of my favorite ( and most polite ) ways of describing myself .

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 07 August 2013

    Lol, I prefer "eccentric" for a self-description. However, some people use it in subtle pejorative way when describing someone, ick!

  • thomas byrnes
    thomas byrnes Wednesday, 07 August 2013

    In my case , eccentric , bizarre and *%@#ing weirdo are usually used , pejoratively but accurately . Over the entrance to the ancient Oracle at Delphi was carved the words " Know thyself ." I do ; hence I don't argue the point .

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Thursday, 08 August 2013

    LOL, Thomas, you are wonderful. Always wonderful.

  • thomas byrnes
    thomas byrnes Thursday, 08 August 2013

    Only in the sense that it's a wonder no one 's killed me . Yet . There's still hope .

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Thursday, 08 August 2013

    And I repeat: goofball!

  • thomas byrnes
    thomas byrnes Thursday, 08 August 2013

    Uh , duh , okey doke .

  • Felicia
    Felicia Sunday, 11 August 2013

    Thank you. Your blog post was the answer I needed not what I was looking for.
    It gave me something great, it gave me my back my path.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Sunday, 11 August 2013

    Felicia, I do not have words big enough to address yr post. All I can say is that I am so happy for you! And so grateful you shared yr experience with me bc 1) otherwise I have no way of knowing if my writing is of any use to anyone and 2) your "win" in this situation is what keeps me going as a writer and shaman, bc the roadblocks can seem not worth it unless I know I am of service.

    So thank you soooo much for letting me know. I celebrate your refound path with you. Blessings.

  • Agata Nowicka
    Agata Nowicka Thursday, 19 September 2013

    Love it, I love Baba Yaga - I am Polish and am very friendly with the old granny. She taught me not to flinch at bones, yuky things and blood. She is gas, she deserved that honouring.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Thursday, 19 September 2013

    Agata, tu!!! I was afraid no one wld relate to this post, bc it is such a personal interpretation of Baba Yaga, so i am delighted and relieved that some folks really like it!

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