A NATURAL RESPONSE
TO AN EROTIC PERFORMANCE


      An interesting and somewhat unique aspect of Celtic mythology is that its immortals, from time to time, require the aid of humans to achieve their grand designs. In the Mabinogi, Arawn, king of the otherworld, recruits Pwyll, the mortal lord of Dyfed in south-west Wales, to slay his enemy and rewards him handsomely for his success. Morningstone seeks a sacred marriage between Man and Nature, so again, a mortal hero is required. But the old gods are forgotten, their symbols unknown, or worse, imbued with meanings other than those the gods might intend. If Spring reveals her ageless mystery, will an uninitiated foreigner, unfamiliar with the old ways, respond appropriately?

      The elements are all in place. In the center of the stone circle, the central solitary standing stone is draped with a stag headdress and buckskin cloak, symbolic of the Man-sacrifice Nature demands. Morgen is present, a trespasser, hidden on the hillside, silent witness to the procession of wanton choir girls. Laura's erotic dance of the immortal sacrifice, properly sends Morgen's blood racing. Human nature hasn't changed much, after all, and by the time the orchestra and choir disappear, screaming and giggling into the night, Morgen is aroused, and as Nature intended, well past any intellectual consideration of the symbolism in Laura's dance.
Travis Edward Pike
28 January 2019, Otherworld Cottage