Grantchester Meadows: The Card

Sometimes a song’s lyrics and melody excite the imagination toward a particular deck or even a specific card. I was listening to “Grantchester Meadows,” Pink Floyd’s charming English-folk-style song from an early album, and thought what a placid, contemplative card image it would make.

“Icy wind of night, be gone.
This is not your domain.
In the sky a bird was heard to cry.
Misty morning whisperings and gentle stirring sounds
Belied a deathly silence that lay all around.

Hear the lark and harken to the barking of the dog fox gone to ground.
See the splashing of the kingfisher flashing to the water.
And a river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees,
Laughing as it passes through the endless summer making for the sea.

In the lazy water meadow I lay me down.
All around me, golden sunflakes settle on the ground,
Basking in the sunshine of a bygone afternoon,
Bringing sounds of yesterday into this city room.

Hear the lark and harken to the barking of the dog fox gone to ground.
See the splashing of the kingfisher flashing to the water.
And a river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees,
Laughing as it passes through the endless summer making for the sea.”

I figured that I probably own a deck that already captures what I envisioned, so I went digging. The DruidCraft had possibilities, but then I remembered that I have the Earth Wisdom Oracle.  There were a number of cards that would have served, but this one almost perfectly reflects the peaceful, flowing feel of the melody and the languid lyrics.

Today I came across a snippet of the Robert Frost poem “A Prayer in Spring” that I had to bring into this post (thank you, Mary Reddy and the Lorian Association):

“Oh give us pleasure in the flowers today 
And give us not to think so far away …

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard …

Grantchester Meadow Card.JPG

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