The Wheel of Time – Alex Kashko

Pan is alive again and his pipes sound

Edinburgh based poet Alex Kashko has been an engineer, Scientist, Mathematician, Academic, translator and Nomadic Software developer. His work has most recently bee accepted for Abyss and Apex.

The wheel of time

Alex Kashko

The year turns slowly and the green king 

of oak feels his strength wane. The winter king 

of holly stirs, his strength growing. Soon it will be

the season of wind and wet and a festival of folly

The people note the longer nights

the darkness and the cold.

Shiver and put on the lights

Scared they are getting old

The green king of oak rises to wrestle with the winter king of holly,

ponders the folly of a fight he knows he will lose and another

he knows he will win.

The people in their boxes put on the light

turn up the heat ignore the darker hours.

They don’t care about the fight

Their enemies are humans who took power.

In the dusky wolf light the fey, the elves and goblins play.

Pan is alive again and his pipes sound

through the streets, take over the buskers who stay

to enjoy his music, past the rush hour and the end of day

The cycle must go on. Once the holly king has 

won the two kings with a single crown shake hands and drink together

Rejoicing in the change of weather

that lets one sleep, the other sing.

The humans, still blind, who missed the fight,

shiver and, afraid of getting old, switch on another light.

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