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Here, Author Phyllis Staton Campbell shares with us some thought provoking Tales of Spring.
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Now, here’s Phyllis and her Tales of Spring.
TALES OF SPRING
By Phyllis Campbell
Our special March-April, 2014
As I write this, in early January, we’re in the grip of the coldest weather we’ve had here in twenty years, according to the Weather Bureau. Spring seems like a distant dream, perhaps a fantasy.
Although maybe not considered a hobby, I and many others have an interest in legend and myth. This interest could be an echo of childhood when fairy tales were a part of our lives, and all things just might be possible, even the return of spring.
So as the wind chimes dance merrily in a 20MPH wind my thoughts turn not only to that blessed time to come, but to ancient man, who battled the elements, but also battled fear, the primitive fear that perhaps the sun would never shine again, that the earth would be forever covered in snow.
No one can live constantly with fear, however, so he sought reasons to explain the things he did not understand—the rising and setting of the sun, the colors of a rainbow, the changing seasons.
Of course, modern woman that I am, I know about the turning of the earth, and all of the elements that form our environment, but still the child in me prompts me to take another look at the stories used to give hope and courage to those who lived centuries ago.
Native American stories are especially imaginative, and the coming of spring is no exception. It was believed that Pebona, the spirit of winter, ruled the earth strong and brave in early winter. As time passed he became old and frail as he sat shivering in his lodge, prey to the forces he once mastered.
As he sat listening to the wind blowing the snow before it, a handsome young man, carrying a bunch of flowers, entered his lodge. He was Seegwun, the spirit of spring. Pebona produced a strange-looking pipe, filled it, and held it out to his guest. They sat smoking, and trading stories. As they sat talking, the sun began to rise and warmed the earth. The birds returned, and filled the land with their song, and the frozen stream began to flow.
As the earth continued to warm, and flowers replaced the snow, Pebona, the spirit of winter, melted away for another year to be replaced by Seegwun, the spirit of spring. Flowers bloomed, and the children joyously gathered them. Spring had returned!
Another of my favorites comes from Greek mythology.
Persephone, the daughter of the goddess Demeter, attracted the attention of Hades, the god of the underworld. Unlike the other gods, who lived on Mount Olympus, he ruled a kingdom far below the earth, and was feared by both gods and man.
He was determined to have Persephone, and managed to kidnap her while she was gathering flowers in the fields.
Demeter was frantic, and began to search. The myth says that she even disguised herself as a very old woman, and roamed the earth with a lighted torch in her hands for nine long days and nights.
Finally, she met Hekate, the god of magic and witchcraft, who felt sorry for her distress, and implored Helios, the god of the sun to help them. He told Demeter about the kidnapping
She begged Hades to return Persephone. At first, he refused, but at last agreed to allow her to return for four months each year, while returning to his underground kingdom for the rest of the year.
When Persephone returned to earth, the sun shone brightly, birds sang, and things grew in the warmth of the sun. When, however, she returned to the underworld kingdom of Hades, the land became dark and cold, until her return when it was spring once again.
Of course, these are only stories, but like so many myths, touch the imagination. I can picture that old man, quivering in his lodge, suffering from the very thing he created. I’m sure he was glad to see the spirit of spring bringing flowers into his frozen lodge.
Persephone? Imagine the joy she and Demeter, her mother felt each year, when she returned to earth, and the tears they both shed when they were forced to part.
Okay, so I’m back from fantasy land to wish each of you a joyous spring, filled with blossoms and merry song of birds.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.
Books by Phyllis Campbell.
New Release 2017
Where Sheep May Safely Graze
Other books by Phyllis Campbell…
COME HOME MY HEART, 1985.
REPRINTED IN 2001
FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997
The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.
Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012
A Place To Belong August, 2012
Out of the Night February, 2014
5.0 out of 5 Where Sheep May Safely Graze This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page …
ByAFBon February 24, 2018
This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page until the end and I did not want it to end. I hope a second book will be forth coming. Kudos to you Phyllis for the best book I have read in a long time.
If you would like to contact Phyllis email her at: Pcampbell16@verizon.net
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