Wednesday, April 15, 2009

When at the Altar of the Flame

burn juniper
plucked by your own hand
sung over with spells and charms

with the water of wells and of rasps
wash your face and hands
singing "gabhaim molta bride"

the flame is passed from hand to hand
rough, calloused fingers
used to work of forge and pen
of weaving and ploughing and toil

her hand the hand of sister
of brother
of uncle and aunt
of cousin and parent and child
her hand the hand of the world

sing to the spark between your palms

light your lamp


  1. Very nice Erynn. May I use it on Into the Greenwood, crediting you?

    Peace 2u, Ani

  2. Hi Ani -- I'm sorry it took so long to get back to you. Yes, please do use it if you like. Send me a link when it's posted!