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

21 February 2016

The Falcon

From the Ormesby Psalter

The Falcon

so temperate
this faithful falcon
perched on your round and holy tower
chastely rebuffed all amorous advances
till the proper season when
in accordance with its nature
it made its way
to the mountains of Glendalough

far from the eyes and longings
of celibate monks and nuns
the falcon raised its family and returned
mate forsaken
to your tower once again

there it throve for centuries
venerated by townspeople
preying on perching bird and dabbling duck
loyal to you in some strange kind
long after you preceded it
from this earth

Based on the story of Brigit’s falcon told by the 12th century writer, Geraldus Cambrensis.

 copyright Casey June Wolf (2011).

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