EDMUND VOTES YES [after Prince Caspian]

She said it in three words, “Look, look, look!
The mane and the golden fur!
Over the gorge on the mountainside—”
The others were not so sure.

We were so footsore and so worn,
chasing our muddled maps.
And maybe she had been right, but maybe
she had been wrong, perhaps.

Twice on the nays I have staked my claim;
the stories were much too rich.
But the wardrobe opened upon the wood
and the queen was a wicked witch.

So if all of my days have narrowed to this,
a way that I cannot guess,
and you see the lion upon the road,
“Yes, little sister, yes!”

(Bryana Johnson)

11 thoughts on “EDMUND VOTES YES [after Prince Caspian]

    1. Thank you very much, Laurie. Yes, there is so much joy surging in Narnia, isn’t there? And there is a sort of marvelous expectancy about living in a place where Aslan might appear at any time, isn’t there? As G.K. Chesterton said,

      “There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner.”

  1. Bryana, I know of no way to contact you other than through this site: forgive me for the off-topic nature of this comment. I love your poetry, but my particular favorite has always been the one about Fairy-tales, in your book Having Decided To Stay. My children and I have been enjoying ourselves as we watch Kseniya Simonova, and today we watched one of her films called The Birthday of the Fairy-Tale. It seemed as if your poem had some how come to life. Anyway, it touched me so much that I thought perhaps you, as the author of the poem, would also enjoy it. Keep on sharing beauty and joy and truth with the world: we need it so desperately. http://youtu.be/6bzmxO72KrQ

    1. Hi Lizzie, I’m so glad you dropped by and took the time to share your thoughts. It’s always exciting to hear how other people have perceived the things we’ve written, and I do appreciate you sharing the beautiful video. She really did capture the strong fluidity and imagery of fairy-tale, didn’t she?

      I’m in the middle of a month of travels, so my access to the internet is limited right now, but I enjoyed some things I read over on your blog, (especially the Frozen post about the tension between Art and Action) and I hope to come back in the future and do it more justice.

  2. My father and little brother have been reading “Prince Caspian” aloud at the breakfast table each morning, so your words come at a tender time. What beauty you’ve caputured, Bryana, profound in its simplicity.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. My youngest brother is eleven now, and finished the last of the Narnia books a couple of years ago. So I miss them, and miss hearing them read around the house. I can’t wait to do that all over again with another set of kids — maybe my own 🙂

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