Baba Yaga Waits for a Guest

Ha! Where will you find me? Beyond thrice times three lands, in the thirteenth kingdom, on the other side of the fiery river! You wonder where Koschei the Deathless got his magic steed? I’ve got mares who fly so fast I can fly round the earth in a single day. A...

Koschei the Deathless in Pursuit

Why does he even try? Poor foolish Ivan! He keeps coming back for Marya Morevna. It’s easy work for me to get her back. Just ask my steed. Ask him how fast he can run to catch them! He’ll tell you: “It is possible to sow wheat, to wait till it grows...

Ivan Who is Cut to Pieces

He can’t take her from me! I don’t care if he’s Koschei the Deathless! I don’t care if he hews me to pieces. I will go back for her. I can’t live without Marya Morevna! He did chop me to pieces. He put the pieces of me in a barrel,...

Bee Who Knows How to Help

Prince Ivan, he comes to pieces so easily! He sat on a stone by the sea and wept while Baba Yaga’s mares stood in water up to their necks. We herded them with our stingers. Ivan didn’t see a thing, he was so lost in his own torment. After the sun set I...

Crystal Ball

It is almost impossible to find me, I am hidden so deep. I am buried in the yolk of an egg that is buried in the womb of a bird that is buried in the belly of a bull. Who will cut through the bull to reach me? I break all spells and delusions. Hold me in the face of...

Mirror of the Spellbound Princess

I sit on the dresser in the dark room of a spellbound princess. When she picks me up, I reflect her beauty, as it is in truth. She weeps when she sees herself. She is reminded of everything she knows to be true. Yet to others she appears as a decrepit old woman....