Song for Brigid’s Day
Do you feel how the world comes alive?
How even underneath its coat of snow,
inside the bright crystals of the ice,
something in the Earth is stirring?
Within your own eyes I see it rising–
in this breath,
and now this one–
the Dreamer is awakening.
The dawn has come,
spreading its golden road before you,
asking, “Will you step upon the pathway?”
As you move out onto the road,
Brigid’s sun upon your face
will trace your outline full behind you,
defining you in the Shadow
which will be your soul’s companion
1. Thaw. Mini thaw, if only that. Gets the flow in motion.
2. Ceremonially welcoming children into community.
3. This moment (usually in late winter or early spring) when I suddenly notice how the children are shifting into their next developmental and growth stages. They’re starting to look spidery, all legs and arms and teeth. Their faces look pixie-ish, like changelings. I remember this from when I taught school, how there came a point each year when it seemed that all the children had grown just a little beyond their boundaries, like their skeletons had suddenly stretched, how their language and expressions changed. Today, on the backs of their shoulders, I can see their wing-buds popping.
4. Mimi’s Banana Bread
5. All the many different ways we are, how sometimes our challenges actually hide our truest gifts, how the One Thing that is all of us together is enriched and deepened by the individuals who are so varied and diverse.
May we walk in Beauty.