Book of Shadows

Book of Shadows

A Poem by Scott De Buitléir

I still remember 
Walking into that shop on Parliament Street, 
Smelling the incense burning by the counter 
Feeling the energy 
As the sunlight played with countless crystals, 
And whichever faeries came to dance lightly around them. 

I remember still 
Looking through its library 
A well of wisdom of well-wishes to plan, 
To heal spirits of self and sorrow 
Or to call upon Aphrodite álainn 
To bring true love to life before its time. 

And there, in dusty prayers of hope and light 
I chose an empty, oversized notebook 
Over the printed ones of supposed solutions 
To buy, for with a pen I'd invoke 
The power to create and cast my own spells 

Of astral travel, to try to see 
Who I was thinking of becoming; 
Of auras and light, to heal my soul of nonsense; 
Of calls for clarity, to clear hormonal fog, 
Yet the Fates knew the plans of Chronos instead. 

Now, that book has returned to the shadows, 
A childhood memory as with other old games, 
but I remember still, that soft sweetened air 
As the spells were cast in hope of love to find.

© 2019 Scott De Buitléir

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Your first stanza invites me into that shop in Parliament square and the sunlight on the crystals is magical.I felt a certain heaviness of heart regarding the things that can't be driven away by spells. I hope you found love and the shadows are in the past. I love the smell of incense myself and boulevards reminded me of that. A lovely read Scott. Thank you.


Posted 3 Years Ago

Scott De Buitléir

3 Years Ago

Thank you again, Chris! I certainly found love, and as for the shadows, you've seen from a few of my.. read more
Chris Shaw

3 Years Ago

Just reread and see my phone is typing in its own vocab in my responses :)

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Added on January 7, 2019
Last Updated on January 7, 2019
Tags: poetry, lgbt, queer poetry, magick, wicca, spirituality, occult, religion


Scott De Buitléir
Scott De Buitléir

Cork, Ireland

Hello! I write poetry on a range of themes, from identity to relationships, and from languages to LGBTQ history. I use Writer's Café to publish new poetry, but I also have some books publis.. more..