THE PATH OF MERLIN
By Timothy Mather
Word Count: 356
Rating: PG for a little violence and dark magic
Summary: A poem about who Harry Potter really is.
Harry Potter walks between worlds, magical or muggle,
where power is more of a burden than a gift.
Dursleys are narrowminded, conventional, unimaginative,
self-obsessed and uncaring.
He Who Shall Not Be Named, cruel, manipulative,
would control dominion over all.
Both overcome by a wounded boy
trying to balance material and magical through Love.
A boy of hope grown into a man of transformation,
liberation, and sacred Alchemy.
A resurrection stone can ruin a life if wielded by the uninitiated,
or restore through monumental sacrifice.
The Elder Wand may be powerful only to those of faith,
a curse to those seeking oppression.
A veil of invisibility can only hide those willing to seek
and find the end of the pilgrim’s journey.
A patronus is an expression of my character,
a powerful emotion from within.
Otter of sharp mind and wit brings clarity
and devotion to Harry’s quest.
Terrier, dedicated, devoted, flawed,
loyal to the end, a true human spirit.
Phoenix, I am the ancient man of the tower
who shows the path to transfiguration.
I am a child of moonlight, emotion,
intuition, and eternal good.
I am happiness,
Friend of giants, dragons, and spiders.
I am a protector and comrade.
I am Erised, a reflection of desire,
a tool for good or personal gain.
Horcrux, a split in my soul,
shows my weakness in cutting corners to the truth.
Possess my ring, read my diary, drink from my cup,
wear my locket, don a tarnished tiara.
Nagini, companion of the unnamed.
Body annihilated in magical combat.
The soul only survives by integration,
it is destroyed by division.
I battle the darkness within my soul
to reclaim my faithful followers and myself.
I walk the path of Merlin,
I am the wounded king,
I am a reintegration of the Self.
I am sacrificed by Voldemort in order to redeem
those who believe in me.
I always was there and in the end I am redeemed,
once my treachery is understood.
Where the Riddle fails utterly in his efforts
to control and dominate the material world,
the chosen one, a boy, overcomes and succeeds
through love, sacrifice, and selflessness.