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This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mdlbear and [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "Northern / Southern Lights" square in my 9-3-17 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to the Hart's Farm series.


"Revontulet"


Muirgen is a fisherwoman
and often busy with her work,
but now and again she steals
a moment for her own amusement.

Tonight she lies in the strawberry field
with a fisher girl visiting from Finland.

Lumi has long shining braids of hair
the color of sunlight on strawberries
and high pink cheeks like new apples.
Her skin smells as sweet as the fruit
that they shared for supper.

She points at the sky overhead,
lit with swishes of yellow and red, and
whispers a fairytale about Revontulet,
the Fire Fox running over the snow
so fast that sparks fly up from her tail.

Muirgen laughs and rolls over,
pulling Lumi on top of her,
pale skin luminous and
beautiful in the foxlight.

In a day or a week,
Lumi will be gone like
the Fire Fox in the sky,
but that does not matter.

Tonight she is here,
and the grass beneath them
is better than any bed.

* * *

Notes:

Muirgen (Irish: born of the sea) -- a fisher with long, light brown hair worn in a braid down her back. Bisexual.
Farmborn: Great-granddaughter of Gylfa, granddaughter of Ronan, daughter of Heiðr and Leif, niece of Ake and Ola, younger sister of Gróa, older sister of Annika, younger cousin of Tyko, Elharn, and Soren; mother of Sheelin; aunt of Borga, Ketiley, and Thorsten. Introduced in "Julbord."

Lumi (Finnish: light of life) -- a fisher from Finland with pale skin and long strawberry blonde hair, usually braided up into a crown. She visits Hart's Farm and spends a night with Muirgen. Outsider. Lesbian.

* * *

The Northern Lights have many legends about them. In Finland, they are said to be sparks from a fox's tail.

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Date: 2017-09-06 10:01 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Oooooh. I have it on my bucket list to watch the Northern Lights from an arctic hot tub... <3

Re: Yay!

Date: 2017-09-06 10:28 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
The one time - recently! - I had a shot at them I was tired and went to bed early.... they usually come farther south in winter, which, west of the Cascades, is usually (as my ex's other ex says so colourfully) sky-fucked...

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Date: 2017-09-06 11:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ellenmillion
One of my very favorite things to do. <3 Chena Hot Springs, about an hour from where I live, has natural outdoor hot springs that you can soak in - and the winter is the best time to go. The view of the lights isn't the best from the springs, because of the steam, but the overall experience is still amazing.

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Date: 2017-09-06 11:57 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Oooh. You're where?

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Date: 2017-09-07 12:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ellenmillion
Fairbanks, in the interior of Alaska. We're just getting back to the time of year we can see them again.

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Date: 2017-09-07 12:02 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
*noddles* Gonna have to get up that way sometime.

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Date: 2017-09-06 11:52 pm (UTC)
ellenmillion: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ellenmillion
This is charming!

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Date: 2017-09-07 12:36 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Thank you! Very sweet and lovely.

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Date: 2017-09-07 04:12 am (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Sweet and enjoyable, with a setting/extended cast I'm not familiar with.

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