But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you

Once a man loved a spirit, and a spirit loved a man, and for a while they were happy.

or, a Perc’ahlia fairy tale AU

Title from “When You Are Old” by W.B. Yeats


Once, a man fell in love with a forest spirit. And he was terrible and charming, and a better man than he believed. And she was wild and free, and she loved him too, but he was a man of walls and stone and iron, and she as the wind in the trees and leaves upon the ground and the hidden paths of wild beasts, and theirs was an ill-fitting love, but it was strong and true.

(He was smoke too, you see, winding free through the sky, and she was deep roots in the mountain, and they were not so different as you might believe.)

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Cernunnos, the ancient Celtic god of the forest, master of the hunt. The Horned God that reflects the seasons of the year in an annual cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Approx 28cm high, 30cm long (11x12 inches), cast in resin, painted with acrylics.