So many words and names for me,
So many tales of us together, Arthur,
yet I wonder how many
speak of the magician and the king
when we were young…
I am new at court,
my powers strong but not full-grown,
you’ve not yet come into your own.
We should be
master and servant –
instead we are the closest friends.
in the king you might be,
trust the magic I might make.
It’s not always easy
being a prince’s consort
when most of Camelot thinks
you ought to have a queen.
My work is magic and healing,
I’m loyal to Camelot and you –
we try to make others’ doubt irrelevant.
Smiling, I listen
as the ceremony ends.
Guinevere, our friend, our heir,
is queen now.
Arthur, you and I
are free to go adventuring again.
~ Marta Ziemelis. Copyright September 2011, October 2014. Written in Dubai.
A few years ago, when I told a friend that I was planning to write a series of poems based on the King Arthur stories, he suggested that I try to write a piece depicting Merlin and Arthur as young men. Since this seemed like a cool idea, I agreed I’d give it a try. What you see above is the result, which has gone through a few different versions. The BBC television series Merlin was one of my inspirations, since it’s one of the few versions of the Arthur-Merlin tales I’m aware of which depicts them in young adulthood.
(Note: “Atgofion” is Welsh for “memories” – a nod to Merlin and Arthur’s origins 🙂 )