A Tale of Sorrow

Listen to the nursery rhymes of the past for they tell a story

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a character in “The Bear's Loft”, as played by Polarisbear12


A critter bearing feathers
That carries fortunes on its wings.
It's soft warbles overpowered by
Steady rain fall,
dripping past the grey.

Oh sweet little magpie,
What fortunes do you bring me?


The story of a magpie bringing ones fortune is an old one. It was based on how many one saw, but just because you saw seven did not make your fortune seven times better. No, Lady Fortune a funny sense of humor. You see, if you come across seven little magpies at once then you must hold a secret, regardless of the consequences behind it.

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told.
Eight for a wish,
Nine for a kiss,
Ten for a bird,
You must not miss.


There is one thing however that you must never miss. The crow hiding among magpies changes your fortune completely. The chances of it being better lowers to a seven, and you won't have a girl at three. No, you will have a funeral. This change in fortune has a purpose. It balances itself out, but never trust seven for the devil may come knocking on your door.

One for sorrow,
Two for mirth
Three for a funeral,
Four for birth
Five for heaven
Six for hell
Seven for the devil, his own self


Oh what a lovely family you have here. Couples old and young. Families adding a new addition to a growing family. Each heard the wailing cries of children as they welcomed them into their homes, but they did not see what the children saw.

Twelve of them of varying athe were exposed to the magpies fortunes or the crows curse. Each one under a different verse of the rhyme they were taught. Some were mere infants while others were older, but before they could grasp the concept of a future Lady Fortune had them under her wing already.

So begins...

A Tale of Sorrow's Story