The Willow Wood Man

The Willow Wood Man

This poem was written to be a song, and part of the soundtrack for my book.

It tells the story of  a character who is a bard, of legend, called “The Willow Wood Man”.

The Willow Wood Man

In days of old when legends walked

And magic’s voice was on the land

There lived a bard of great renown

who’s song could cool the desert sand

From east to west from north to south

From simple folk to Queen and King

Magic’s voice rang from his mouth

Enchanting all who heard him sing

Then one fine day he spied fair maid

of slender form and beauty rare

With summers promise in her eyes

And wild flowers in her hair

But unknown to him she was betrothed

A wizards wife yet soon to be

Though when she heard the Bards sweet song

Her heart was lost to the magic’s plea

Of the Willow Wood Man


So the day before she was to wed

She pledged her love for the handsome Bard

Then in the dead of night they fled

On horses fleet and ridden hard

With the land still young and the forests new

And the Wizards anger burning free

They travelled south to hide from view

Beneath the Dark Woods canopy

But from afar the Wizard saw

And driven by his furies fire

He summoned monsters from the deep

To bring them out to face his ire

But luck was on the lovers side

As they came upon the Mystic lake

For evil cannot enter in

Through the wards that the magic there did make

For the Willow Wood Man


So for a season joy was theirs

While through the forest monsters prowled

But winters chill produced a fever

And the maiden passed as the north wind howled

He buried her deep beside the lake

And mourned her loss the winter through

And in the spring to his surprise

Out from her grave a Willow grew

Now in the heart of the Dark Wood stands

Around the banks of the Mystic lake

An ancient woods of Willows grand

Where the seasons tides can never break

For winter was banished by summers song

Sung as only one man can

With magic’s voice he tends the trees

With the sad sweet song of the Willow Wood Man


About Truth Seeker

Musician singer/songwriter, guitar teacher.
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13 Responses to The Willow Wood Man

  1. Bitter-sweet and beautiful love song. Would love to hear the music!


  2. Truth Seeker says:

    foreverjanice, if you click on the link at the top of the page you can, although it’s just a demo, as i have to wait until my voice works properly, due to the steroids that I was prescribed prior to being diagnosed with a rare genetic form of emphysema.

    The book is a fantasy story, so the music is my own take on a folk/medieval style.

    Thanks for your comment and like BTW 😀

    Cheers 🙂 😀


  3. patriciawa says:

    Very evocative!


  4. Truth Seeker,
    What can I say, except fan-bloody-tastic 🙂 Love the haunting melody that matches perfectly the story of the song. Great stuff.


  5. Truth Seeker says:

    Patricia, thanks for that, fantasy is a strange beast to write, so it’s good to get some independent feedback. 😀

    Janice, I am so glad you liked the music as well as the lyrics, as it is hard to be objective about songs that you write, as music is a very personal thing. 😎

    I have read many fantasy stories over the years, and when the author writes lyrics, they tend to say that they are sung to the tune of such and such a song, so that the reader can put a tune to them.
    The problem for me has always been that it detracts from the fantasy nature of the story, so i decided that when I wrote my book it would have it’s own soundtrack.

    Cheers 😀


  6. cornlegend says:

    Thanks Truthy, just downloaded the mp3.
    I am a bit envious of creative ,artistic, talented people.
    cause I am none of the above
    bloody good stuff mate.


    • Truth Seeker says:

      cornlegend, thanks for your feedback 😀

      were you able to download the mp3, or just the link, as I didn’t think that the file itself was available?

      Glad you liked it 😀

      Cheers 😀


  7. cornlegend says:

    I downloaded the mp3,it was available


    • Truth Seeker says:

      cornlegend, yes, I just did the same thing, so I am glad you let me know 😀

      I just didn’t realise that it could be done, as it is only a demo, and not the finished track, which will not be done until I have written and recorded the rest of the tracks.

      My book is a fantasy novel, and “The Willow Wood Man” is part of the soundtrack that I’m writing. and my own spin on the medieval style of folk songs, using acoustic instruments.

      I am happy for you to have a copy of it, but as it is only a demo, and not yet for publication, I would appreciate it if you would not give out copies to anyone, and I will have to see if it’s possible to block the download from now on.

      I am very grateful that you let me know 😀 Enjoy 😀

      Cheers 🙂 😀


  8. cornlegend says:

    sorry about that Truthy,
    I will not distribute it,guaranteed.
    Actually , I will delete it after I’ve listened a couple of times.
    not sure how you can have it as a playable demo, but good luck.
    I assure you it won’t get of my hard drive


  9. Truth Seeker says:

    cornlegend, no need to apologise, the fault was mine. And as I said I am just grateful that you made me aware of it 😀

    You are welcome to keep it if you like it, and I am sure that you won’t share it so that’s fine 😎

    I might just put up the first verse or something, I’ll have a think about it.

    Thanks again. 😀

    Cheers 😀


  10. Awesome. Beautiful. Inspirational.


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