Thirteen treasures – a poem

I dreamed there were thirteen treasures in Britain,

Not the wealth of feudal kings, nor yet their power,

No weapons of war, no tools for control.


I saw the generous loom

Taking but a small handful of threads

To warm and clothe a humble back.


The log that burns and yet remains.

Come near it and find warmth

Though the winter be long and harsh.


A seed that is a garden, plant it now,

Harvest its bounty in the days ahead.

Cause the barren soil to flourish.


The wooden cup, hand-turned cherry

Fill it as you please for any draught

Brings ease for every sorrow.


Honey sweet candle, never smoking,

Burns but sets naught else aflame.

Lights the dark night of the soul.


The golden sheep shares wool to warm

You all, gives milk and comfort

Inspires kindness in all who meet her.


An amulet of Goddess power,

Protector of child bed and labour,

Safety to the wearer and her babe.


A touch of the toadstone eases all

Relieves the aches and pains of life,

Keeps none from death’s final blessing.


The ever full cauldron of porridge

Creamy thick and filling bellies,

No hunger unsated, no body refused.


The heroic axe, tree felling in one blow,

Drawing shape from wood at need,

Never will it bite flesh or taste blood.


The singing kettle, making golden tea

From water alone. Soul feeding,

Hope brewing, reviving the weary.


The wooden spoon, kitchen enchanting,

Stirring friendships, celebrations,

The feast that makes community.


Thirteen treasures. I would find them in kitchens,

At hearths, the magical hiding in plain sight

Wondrous only when we share this bounty with each other.


About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

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