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Sonnet: “When Cu Chulainn Courts Sweet Emer”

June 4, 2012

“Emer, courted by CuChulainn”


This is a companion piece to the sonnet previously posted, “Immortal Marriage”.

Celtic mythology is a convoluted place in literary history. It is like a swamp actually, as it is complex and sucks you right in.  To get out may take years.

Lady Nyo


“In that sweet country, I’ll rest my weapon”

Spoke Cu Chulainn to beauteous Emer,

And a war spasm came upon him fast

With face distorted, hair stood upended

Teeth barred in anger, cock a rigid mast–

His body whipped around, his knees unbended.

Sweet Emer, fainting,  prayed his luck would last.

Her father, King Lug, Celtic God of Light

Set her swain to tasks and toil unending,

While Bricru the Poison Tongue cries in fright:

“The Hound of Ulster, Irish unbending,

Leads in battle for comes he in his might!

And Emer waits with patient love the day

When Cu Chulainn comes near and claims his right!

Jane Kohut-Bartels,

Copyrighted, 2012

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