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Sunday Poetry: As the Halcyon Days Wind Down and the New Year Beckons

May your voyage be long, full of adventure, with many harbors seen for the first time. Ithaka by Constantine P. Cavafy (1911) As you set out for Ithaka hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Laistrygonians and Cyclops, angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them: you’ll never find things likeContinue reading Continue Reading

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Sweet October

Autumn leaves backlit

  This year, I have come staggering and stumbling into October. Usually, I am bursting with joy, swirling into this rich, magical time that I adore. But there’s been the shocking, sudden death of a beloved friend, eight years younger than me… several work disappointments that I was not expecting… Hard and harder world newsContinue reading Continue Reading

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Tarot Card of the Week, Aug. 24-30, 2015: Encoring the Three of Wands

The ear too fondly listens For summer’s parting sighs, And then the heart replies. A.E. Housman, from Last Poems Back again comes the Three of Wands, having just visited us the week of July 20. For my more traditional interpretation, I suggest you pop back here, and check it out. By the way, I would alsoContinue reading Continue Reading

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Twenty Years Gone

Jerry Aug9

 Ripple Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Jerry Garcia If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung Would you hear my voice come through the music? Would you hold it near, as it were your own? It’s a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken Perhaps they’re betterContinue reading Continue Reading

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This Lughnasadh, Let Us Not Be Deaf to the Tick of the Leaves

Summer field

I adore this poem for the days of Lughnasadh, and so I am encoring my posting of it from years past. With it, I send you blessings of faith, and abundant, miraculous harvests; and most of all, the grace to know them. Love and thanksgiving. Little Summer Poem Touching the Subject of Faith by MaryContinue reading Continue Reading

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In Raleigh Today, Then Away

sylphs on the move

I am at Dancing Moon Books in Raleigh today from 11:30am to 6pm (so if you had a too-brief reading with me last night, come by and let’s go deeper). Then off I go for a bit. See you in a week or so. Where the wave of moonlight glosses The dim gray sands withContinue reading Continue Reading

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Sunday Poetry: The May Queen is Waiting

Detail from Merlin and the Faerie Queen by John Duncan

The May Queen Is Waiting by Ruth Barrett and Cyntia Smith Originally recorded on The Heart is the Only Nation, BMI. I’ll prepare the furrowed earth for your sweet body. The stars are rising in the moonlit sky. The May Queen is waiting. Her voice reaches as you sleep, can you awaken to live theContinue reading Continue Reading

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Sunday Poetry for a Winter’s Day

The Breathing by Denise Levertov An absolute patience. Trees stand up to their knees in fog. The fog slowly flows uphill. White cobwebs, the grass leaning where deer have looked for apples. The woods from brook to where the top of the hill looks over the fog, send up not one bird. So absolute, itContinue reading Continue Reading

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Happy Birthday to My Mom

She would have been 82 today. They wrote this about her in her high school yearbook. It was true her whole life. She Walks in Beauty By Lord Byron She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect andContinue reading Continue Reading

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Poetry For the Conclusion of Yom Kippur

Offered with great tenderness and love today, to all my dear Jewish (and Jew-Witch!) friends who have been observing the High Holy Days and particularly Yom Kippur. And for all, of every faith, who have traveled the pathways of mourning and healing. Blessed be. Kaddish Mother of my birth, for how long were we togetherContinue reading Continue Reading

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Poetry for the Last Sunday of September

I have come to a still, but not a deep center, A point outside the glittering current; My eyes stare at the bottom of a river, At the irregular stones, iridescent sandgrains, My mind moves in more than one place, In a country half-land, half-water. I am renewed by death, thought of my death, TheContinue reading Continue Reading

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Poetry for the Weekend

Avalon

I will be offline this weekend as I immerse myself in the Elemental magic of the Crossroads with RJ Stewart and Anastacia Nutt. So I leave you with this. Remember: Poetry is the oldest form of human magic and is best appreciated when spoken (and heard) aloud. DREAMS WITHIN DREAMS by Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp)Continue reading Continue Reading

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In August’s Zenith, Let the Unknowable Touch Us

I love this poem for the days of Lughnasadh, and so even though the actual holiday has passed, I am encoring it again. Especially appropriate for these days of upheaval, uncertainty, and foreboding, I send you blessings of faith, and wish you abundant, miraculous harvests. Little Summer Poem Touching the Subject of Faith by MaryContinue reading Continue Reading

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Wishing You a Blessed Earth Day: Psalm 95

From Angela Magara’s masterpiece, Earth Psalms – a slim volume that belongs on every shelf. It is based on the biblical Psalms, but infused with poetry that beats with the heart of Earth-based spirituality. Blessings and gratitude to our beloved Gaia, Mother Earth, on Her sacred day today! Let us vow to better honor andContinue reading Continue Reading

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Poetry for an April Sunday

This is an encore post I shared a few years ago. I think it deserves another telling. Remember, poetry is meant to be read aloud (especially for those people who think they do not care for it much).  Poetry is the world’s oldest spell casting, and speaking poetry will make all the difference. Have aContinue reading Continue Reading

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Wishing You a Most Happy Imbolc

Let me find my way to the well, Let me find my way to the well. Let me quench my thirst With the waters of the earth. Let me find my way to the well. Let me find my way to the fire, Let me find my way to the fire. In Brigid’s sacred fireContinue reading Continue Reading

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Joining the 9th Annual Brigid Poetry Festival

Once again, as I have for all but the very first year or two, I am joining in the Poetry for Brigid Festival. This is an annual world-wide event in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland and Goddess of healing, smithcraft, and poetry (to name a few of Her purviews). It is held throughoutContinue reading Continue Reading

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Saturday Poetry

A re-run from 2010, but so lovely for this grey morning, I wanted to encore it. Enjoy. Oh Sweet Irrational Worship by Thomas Merton Wind and a bobwhite And the afternoon sun. By ceasing to question the sun I have become light, Bird and wind. My leaves sing. I am earth, earth All these lightedContinue reading Continue Reading

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Sunday Poetry: In the Dark of the Moon and the Year

For Light by John O’Donohue (1956-2008) from To Bless the Space Between Us Light cannot see inside things. That is what the dark is for: Minding the interior, Nurturing the draw of growth Through places where death In its own way turns into life. In the glare of neon times, Let our eyes not beContinue reading Continue Reading

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In Gratitude for Seamus Heaney

The prolific and beloved Irish poet, writer, and teacher, Seamus Heaney, has died. Heaney received the highest accolades for his work, including the Nobel Prize in Literature (1995), the Golden Wreath of Poetry (2001), the T. S. Eliot Prize (2006) and two Whitbread prizes (1996 and 1999). He was both the Harvard and the OxfordContinue reading Continue Reading

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