The Hoard

Found deep beneath the Earth, She is ever delving,

Pushing aside the rubble and dirt, Trying to find and Eye.

She misses her home, And knows that She can never return,

To find it burned and torn down by those who try to take her Hoard.

She is heartbroken because her love left her for all eternity.

Still delving, deeper, and deeper into her home under the ground,

Away from the light, She grows every weary,

Always wanting to return to her homeland.

She knows though, that she can’t, and it crushes Her,

Crushes her in actuality, so that when we excavate the Earth,

We find her remains. Every ruby and gold nugget that is ever found,

Is Her scales. And every other gem is that of her Hoard.

Published by Natalie Bartley

I am a 33-year-old Adult Fantasy author in Oshawa, Ontario. I hope one day to open her own Pagan store with her partner. I have been writing for most of my life but have only recently (in the last year) started putting those stories out to the world. My faith as a polytheistic witch leads me to many different storylines that involve the gods around her. My first book, Love and Pain in Zion, was a labour of love and heartbreak, and it took me many years to complete it. I live with my partner and step-son in Oshawa and is also completing my clergy status with the Correllian Nativist Tradition. My husband and I are planning on opening up a New Age/Metaphysical store, where I am running the storefront and he is running the services in the back. Since he is already a licensed interfaith minister and can perform weddings in Ontario, and a Reiki master, we can start offering services soon. I am enrolled in Witch School International as a seminary school of the Correllian Nativist Tradition. I have mostly completed my First Degree clergy status, and am almost finished my Second Degree. Brian and I run a local temple (Temple of the Night) which is a part of the Correllian Nativist Tradition. We are currently the only temple with full temple status in Canada. If you want to help fuel my writing, consider donating to my Ko-fi!

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