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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2012, 03:00:16 am »
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Leannan Sidhe

 
Wow!  Very powerful, Fagan!

So far, I think this is my second favorite, with the one before this taking first place.

Thank you for sharing your poetry with us.
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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2012, 03:08:11 am »
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Wow!  Very powerful, Fagan!

So far, I think this is my second favorite, with the one before this taking first place.

Thank you for sharing your poetry with us.

Thank you so much!  I am glad to know they are well-received.

Now I present tonight's contribution, if a bit late in posting.

Keep the Fire

Chorus:
Love and Laughter, pain and sorrow
   Still we keep the fire
   Through the night till it be morrow
   Watch the flames burn higher.

Verse:
Out of darkness she is rising
   Each day with a brighter flame
   I cry out in exultation
   In my Lady’s name.

::Chorus::

   Over land and over water
She does cast her mantle bright
Bringing morning to each nation
Pushing back the night.

::Chorus::

Breo-saighit! Fiery Arrow!
Bhrati the exalted one!
In my blood and in my marrow
Feel I sparks of sun.

::Chorus::

With each falling of your hammer
My quintessence springs alive
Placed upon you anvil I will
Gleam if I survive.

::Chorus::

Lady Brighid please transform me,
I will never be the same;
In my head and heart be always
Your eternal flame.

::Chorus::
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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2012, 02:52:29 am »
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A Cold Desert’s Night

Five layers’ deep of blanket cover me,
An old arthritic hound dog at my side,
As faithful as Argus to Ulysses,
Against the cold of winter’s night we hide.

A squat cast-iron stove the only heat,
And that by burning stores of gathered wood,
It hopes to cold tyrannical to beat
And keep us warm as well a fire should.

The night gets in my veins and bids me rest.
In hibernation briefly I will be.
While drifting off to sleep in cotton nest
I hear the vast nocturnal symphony:

My heart drums out a baseline rhythm here,
The wailing wind takes up the melody,
I creaking harmony of timbers ear
While roving coyotes sing a rhapsody.

And so I sleep beneath a sea of stars,
Unbroken by men’s city walls and lights
Whose garishness the speckled nightscape mars,
And nestle I within the rocky heights.
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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2012, 02:30:44 am »
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So, I HAVE been keeping up with the WRITING of these daily.  What I have NOT been keeping up with is sharing them in a timely manner.  So here I present you with a Three-fer of poems I have accumulated, since my last posting.
 
Drum Circle

A harmony of rhythms
Beating, pounding, rapping, thrumming,
Permeates the circle round.

Euphony of percussion,
Meeting, bounding, tapping, drumming,
Creating a sea of sound.

The wavering vibrations
Heating, grounding, lapping, strumming,
Penetrate us and astound.

A Candle

The flame rolls like a coin between my fingers,
Fluttering, flickering in its dance
And yet the brightness of the flame still lingers
And holds me in a trance.

I stare into a bright void
And find it filling up with me.
Its tall hot thorn leaps up the more I look;
The more I look the more there is to see
And be enjoyed.

The spirit stands straight and tall,
A solemn soldier keeping nightly guard,
Or else a bright-eyed student burning hard
At both ends of his candle.

How is it that the coolest color burns the hottest?
Most-burning fire glows a watery blue,
Whose tinted blaze of old in azure hue
Signifies some supernatural guest.

You draw my gaze
And burn my eyes;
Fill my vision when my eyes are closed.

In a daze
To my surprise
I feel myself exposed.

Fehu

Fundamental fire,
Elemental home,
Energetic essence,
One half of Creation.

Primal, wild, uncontrolled;
To hold it is to possess the soul
Of power and transformation.

It takes us into itself
Until we cease to be
What once we were.

We are destroyed
And in our place
Is light, heat, and ash.

It creates us, transforms, and destroys us.
Mobile power, held within, but moving out;
The agency and carrier of Will.

The strength of stampeding cattle,
Energy of the charge
In can sustain you through the winter
Or tear the world apart.

Beware the raw, unfettered potency,
For dangers lie in brightness
As in dark.

Do not forget:
That which feeds a fire
Is consumed by it.

Feed your fire
On what you can sustain,
Or devour yourself.
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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2012, 03:08:15 am »
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Drum Circle
A Candle
Fehu


Fionn on Samhain Eve

One long asleep
Is waking up.

Yet groggy with the dreams about my head
My slumber reaches out for me in bed.

I pull, like a fly in a web,
And as I struggle
Tug I on a silken string
Which wavers, ringing bright tones
Like Dadga’s Harp, whose playing
Brought sweet rest
To those who heard it sing.

Yet this is an illusion meant to trap,
For a spider waits to catch me in a nap;

To snare me with my own inaction
And kill me with its poison fangs,
For this is not kind Dagda’s melody
But the false lullaby
Played by the Burner of Tara,
And a spear tip is its only remedy.
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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2012, 11:58:10 pm »
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Fionn on Samhain Eve


 
A Wand of Tamarisk

I sing with the pulse of trees
My hand upon the bough
Which bends in the winds
And ‘tween my fingers.

My touch each branch in turn caresses
Until with ringing in my soul
And fire in my heart I find the one
That on my mind impresses.

It calls to me
Offering its form
Something else I see
Into it to transform.

It sheds its skin
Cracked and brittle,
Revealing underneath
A pure white soul.

Another thing is asks to become:
A traveler of planes,
Walker of worlds
And to its will I know I must succumb.

So I will shape it
‘Til it makes itself
From rough branch
To noble rod;

This desert tree,
Short rest of Osiris;
This axis mundi
And pillar of the earth.
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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2012, 10:03:54 pm »
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Leannan Sidhe



Her each move kindles fire in my breast!
I, captive to her eyes, am never free!
Her smile, the glowing iron, stabs my chest!
The sweetness of her laughter murders me.



Really love the energy, imagery and dancing flow of this one. Well done!
Wishing you laughter

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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2012, 01:13:02 am »
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Really love the energy, imagery and dancing flow of this one. Well done!

 
Thanks!  Glad those got across.
 
It is occurring to me just how many of these I have written but not posted here since I last posted in this thread.  Not sure posting them all at once would do them justice, but suddenly coming in and making a separate post for each one one after another in immediate succession seems a little silly too.
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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2012, 02:31:21 am »
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Thanks!  Glad those got across.
 
It is occurring to me just how many of these I have written but not posted here since I last posted in this thread.  

 
Nothing wrong with having a wealth of poetry! :D: Just post one a day, we'll eat them lol;)
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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2012, 05:51:25 am »
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It is occurring to me just how many of these I have written but not posted here since I last posted in this thread.  Not sure posting them all at once would do them justice, but suddenly coming in and making a separate post for each one one after another in immediate succession seems a little silly too.

 
I agree that putting them all into one post would make it much harder to appreciate each one properly, so - silly or not - I'd say to go with a whole string of posts in succession.  It's not like TC has rules against multiple posts!

I'd really been enjoying them, though I haven't said much.  You're quite a good poet - I especially like how well you're able to make use of phrase/sentence structures that are useful in poetry but rarely occur in prose or speech, without it seeming forced, self-conscious, or pretentious; that's not a common skill/ability (a couple of times it's gone a bit in that direction, but not often and not very far) - and am really looking forward to more.  I'd guess others have been quietly appreciating them as well.

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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #25 on: February 03, 2012, 08:15:43 am »
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I agree that putting them all into one post would make it much harder to appreciate each one properly, so - silly or not - I'd say to go with a whole string of posts in succession.  It's not like TC has rules against multiple posts!

Agreed. They would likely be much easier to read as separate posts. Not to mention it makes it much easier to link to a favorite if they are separate posts.
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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #26 on: February 04, 2012, 06:07:34 am »
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Not to mention it makes it much easier to link to a favorite if they are separate posts.

 
Oh!  I hadn't even thought of that one, but that's a very strong reason - people are very likely to want (for a variety of reasons) to be able to refer to specific poems.

So I'd say definitely - and speaking as a Cill SIG Leader - that one poem per post is best.

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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #27 on: February 04, 2012, 10:23:00 am »
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Oh!  I hadn't even thought of that one, but that's a very strong reason - people are very likely to want (for a variety of reasons) to be able to refer to specific poems.

So I'd say definitely - and speaking as a Cill SIG Leader - that one poem per post is best.

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could you not make a table of contents, and then link to each poem, with a link back to the table of contents?

also these poems are quite nice, maybe next year I could try something like this. It does make one think on their creativity, and improving that is a good thing.

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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2012, 07:32:08 am »
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could you not make a table of contents, and then link to each poem, with a link back to the table of contents?

 
That sounds like it'd be a lot more complicated than just posting them.  Until a comment is posted, there's really no way to know its URL to make a link.  Remember, we're talking about posting them in this thread.

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Re: A Month of Poetry for Brighid
« Reply #29 on: February 05, 2012, 11:41:22 pm »
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could you not make a table of contents, and then link to each poem, with a link back to the table of contents?

 
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That sounds like it'd be a lot more complicated than just posting them.  Until a comment is posted, there's really no way to know its URL to make a link.  Remember, we're talking about posting them in this thread.

 
More complicated than just posting them, yes.  Not that much more complicated though.  Mostly it's the legwork of it; tracking down each one.
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