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There are stories they tell,
From town to town,
Across the wide world,
Of a man who travels,
Changing shape as he goes,
Bringing his goods to
Villages, through forest and foes.
On his back he carries his life,
with it he carries stories,
Keepsakes and magic
From his wandering
Across the realms,
He’ll trade you them,
Though he takes his payment
In different ways.
A hope, or a memory of past days.
He’ll leave you a treasure,
Engraved in gold,
That whispers to you in the night,
Telling you buried tales,
That lead you to a secret place
And tell you to be bold.
So you’ll follow your new trinket,
On a quest across the land,
To faerie along forest paths
You’ve never seen before,
With this jewel clasped in your hand,
Pressed deep within your palm,
You know the way you’re going
Like steps trod all your life,
Like walking home after longest day
To rest with kith and kin.
Your love stands there,
At the gate at the end of the path,
Hands outstretched, waiting,
As they have for so long,
You place the trinket in their hands,
Then together you are gone,
From this world, into that one,
No looking back, the gate closes
Behind you with a snap.
He whistles as he walks alone,
His gift delivered, his price paid,
Onto the next adventure,
The next village along.
He smiles with satisfaction
As he travels onwards,
Forever moving on.
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