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

"Goddess of Smiths"

Goddess of Smiths

breath dissolving iron
liquid bronze and gold
white heat who destroys
with one cruel blow
you guide the hammer   Brigit
death and life together
forging to shatter 
shattering to forge anew

and what is fashioned

cookpot for the hospitaller
vast enough to hold a cow
ale crock   chariot furnishing
offering dish   cloak pin

beat me on your anvil   Brigit
melt me in your pot
knit me solid
make me whole
bring from me a fine bossed cauldron
offering to your endless round

in this life and the next
this life and the next

Mael Brigde
Poem copyright Casey June Wolf (2013).
First appeared in Brigit: Sun of Womanhood, edited by Patricia Monaghan and Michael McDermott.

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