Writing Brigit

Writing Brigit

Many years ago I wrote my first Brigit prayer. Poem. Blessing... I have been writing them ever since, but seldom publish them. Some are carefully researched and crafted, some are simple and straight from the heart.

The prayers and blessings of my sisters in the Daughters of the Flame and other Brigit-loving women and men, living and long-dead, fill me with surprise and delight, as well.

I would like to share some of these writings with you.

Following is the one that signs off each of my emails, a reminder to guide my words and intentions with care when I write to anyone. It's as good a place to start as any.

Flame Offering

In the name of the three Brigits

I light the candle of my heart

May I offer it to everyone

gentle and steady

warm and bright

25 September 2015

"Friend of Mary"

Not Brigit or Mary, but St. Lucy in the appropriate garb.

Friend of Mary

brilliant Bride
radiant flame—
Mary’s midwife

you eased tiny Jesus
into our world’s golden light
fostered him
as any Scottish noble would
wore a crown
—flaming harrow—
Mary’s shield from eager eyes
shy mother come for cleansing
after birth

words pass between you
whispered request for swaddling
quiet chuckle at your
irreverent babe-remarks
this woman of desert reaches
you    of rocky isles
bound in ways that cleave through
place and time

what wise and wondrous
feat of prayer transported you

to her—long ages parted—
needy side

Mael Brigde

Copyright Casey June Wolf (2015)

To read more about this poem and the writing of it, please visit Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium.

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