THE SQUIRE (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

An old bear in a scarlet peltCame next, old Squire Harridew,His eyebrows gave a man the grueSo bushy and so fierce they were;He had a bitter tongue to swear.A fierce, hot, hard, old, stupid squire,With all his liver made of fire,Small brain, great courage, mulish will.The hearts in all his house stood stillWhen someone crossed…

THE GOLDEN AGE (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

Charles Copse, of Copse Hold Manor, thrustNext into view. In face and limbThe beauty and the grace of himWere like the golden age returned.His grave eyes steadily discernedThe good in men and what was wise.He had deep blue, mild-coloured eyes,And shocks of harvest-coloured hair,Still beautiful with youth. An airOr power of kindness went about him;No…

FARMER BENNETT (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

Old Farmer Bennett followed these Upon his big-boned savage black Whose mule-teeth yellowed to bite back Whatever came within his reach. Old Bennett sat him like a leech. The grim old rider seemed to be As hard about the mouth as he. The beaters nudged each other’s ribs With “There he goes, his bloody Nibs….

THE MAGIC BUNDLE (The Indian Fairy Book, 1869) BY CORNELIUS MATHEWS

A poor man, called Iena, or the Wanderer, was in the habit of roaming about from place to place, forlorn, without relations, and almost helpless. He had often wished for a companion to share his solitude; but who would think of joining their fortunes with those of a poor wanderer, who had no shelter but…

Top 5 Tales about seeking Immortality and Immortal beings

The idea for this Top list came when I read about a Startup that wants to upload people’s mind to the cloud. A lethal procedure with an uncertain outcome (read more about Nectome on The Guardian and Business Insider). They are, however, not the only ones and by far not the first ones to dream of immortality….

The Death Card by Helene Munson (2019)

The death card appeared again and again. The Tarot spreads were inauspicious. But I was determined to go on my epic African adventure, overland from Nairobi to Cape Town. Months of planning and saving had gone into it.  I had found a Maasai village homestay, paid a deposit for a room at a family home…