Five Sisters

The traveller stops for a while in his quest, maybe finished, maybe not yet

ahead he spies looming the five sisters who patiently wait

solemn and brooding issuing challenge,

A voice in his head, for there’s nobody there, is casually coaxing

like a bull with the ring in his nose he is led.

Further than he’d been planning to go, just a look to see closer….

a small earthy voice, coated in silk, murmurs

“closer, come closer, we mean you no harm , ignore my sisters they are afraid you see”

Hears himself respond, but her voice comes again

“we are lonely we sisters, here all alone, won’t you just visit our home?”

Nodding he begins his ascent, a grim smile on his lips

the voice keeps telling him how brave and strong for soldiering on

and they’re going to look at him different after this

won’t he’s a mouse or timid again, the mountain lion in him will roar

He hears the sisters all speaking at once but can’t hear their words

till he is instructed to walk slowly along the narrow ledge

and is told he’d be welcome to stay the night

“here we don’t have guests like you all brave and strong, you can always stay, become, belong…”

He misses the sly undertone completely

is flattered by the prettiest speech, imagines eyes of chocolate brown

he’d like to stay here and in them he’d drown

suddenly the singing begins, lilting and enchanting songs

Words of which he has no clue

laying down to listen awhile he sees the mist rolling down

five sisters becoming a cackling throng

Should he stay, this mist will clear and it’s not so noisy here

momentarily, he panics but he can’t see the way

As he plummets headlong into the crevasse he hears a lilting voice

“Relax and enjoy now you made your choice, ” it giggles

“We always knew you were going to stay “.

Written with the Five Sisters of Kintail in mind.

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