Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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Pagan Lullaby


My little sweet darling 

my comfort and joy

Sing lullaby looley


in beauty surpassing

the princes of Troy

Sing lullaby looley


now suck, child

and sleep, child

thy mother's sweet boy

Sing lullaby looley


the gods bless and keep thee

from cruel annoy

Sing looley looley looley

sweet baby looley looley

sweet baby lullaby looley


Words and tune: English, 16th century

Attributed to William Byrd


 Paula Modersohn-Becker, Seated Mother with Child on Her Lap (1906)


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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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