The Ballad of Eden Blake

by Anonymous, with revisions by Chrisopher Leeson

I was Mantra once before,
Powers too great to ignore;
To learn the ways of witchcraft was my goal.
If the simple truth be told,
All my battles, brave and bold,
Seemed tame beside the struggle in my soul.

When you've lived as long as I
You're used to reaching for the sky,
And a life forever new remains a joy.
Daring what the morrow brings,
Trying out heroic things,
That's been my nature since I was a boy.

How it knocked me for a whirl
When I turned into a girl
After fifteen hundred happy years a man.
To be slain a solider true,
And come back the mom of two,
Was a silly fate I simply couldn't stand.

If you own an iron heart
It gets softened at the start;
Your tastes go weak and whimpy, so I've found.
One could take it calm and slow,
But that's not my way, you know.
Lukasz never faced trouble lying down.

Mantra tormented by the souls of the past

I became a balky horse;
I was snappish, rude, and worse.
Those kids thought their poor mamma had gone mad.
It was all a big mistake;
This thing rides you till you break,
And hurting decent people's for a cad.

You may say that I am cursed
'Cause this spell can't be reversed,
But that which can't be fixed best leave alone.
So I settled in the life
Of a middle-class housewife,
The most atrocious bivouac I have known.

Then I studied sorcery
While I cooked and cleaned for three,
And searched the bargain racks for children's size.
When it all was said and done,
I found motherhood was fun;
Every day brought some new wonder or surprise.

But I'm still an ingenue
With a long, long way to go
Until I know what's me and what's pretend.
Yet it's good to be alive,
Even working nine to five,
Just to earn the family income that we spend.

Lukasz (as Eden) angry with the kids

I'm learning how to flirt
And wear a miniskirt,
So to be a bombshell spy for Alad-din.
While I daily dance with danger
The whole story's growing stranger,
But you only get from life what you put in.

My days are hits and misses,
Sometimes dodging stolen kisses;
Beauty brings out all that's bad in girls and guys.
At first I used to hate it,
Then decided it was fated.
I'll either lose my senses or get wise.

I could almost flip my lid,
'Cause there's an ego and an id
Battling like two ultras in my mind.
I thought I'd seen the worst
Of a life thrown in reverse,
But from the very first step I was blind.

When the Mantra's power goes,
For what reason no one knows,
Bitter fate can cut more cruelly than a knife.
Once a super-powered dame,
Now just Eden Blake's my name,
I'm forced to lead an ordinary life.

Flirting in the office

Just another pretty face,
Someone swept up in the race
Of working hard each day to get ahead.
Just an ordinary mom
With a sad and wistful calm,
Who's home each night to put the kids to bed.

Will I ever know the joy
That is due a girl or boy?
May a lonely human heart give birth a smile?
Still, I've gifts I've never known,
Like a family and a home --
Precious things my soul has yearned for all this while.

We'll just have to wait and see
What next fate will do to me.
Will it leave me with a single scrap of pride?
But to pity Eden's wrong,
For a hero's spirit's strong
And loving fans root for her far and wide.

When you've lived as long as I
You're used to reaching for the sky,
And a life forever new remains a joy.
Daring what the morrow brings,
Trying out heroic things,
That's been my nature since I was. . .
I was a boy. . . .

Eden with Evie at bedtime

I was Mantra once before,
Powers too great to ignore;
To learn the ways of witchcraft was my goal.
If the simple truth be told,
All my battles, brave and bold,
Seemed tame beside the struggle in my. . .
In my soul. . . .

I could almost flip my lid
'Cause there's an ego and an id
Battling like two ultras in my mind.
I'd thought I'd seen the worst
Of a life thrown in reverse,
But from the very first step I was. . .
I was blind . . . .

Mantra looking in the mirror


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