January 9, 2014

Thursday Poem - Treading the Gate

Approach the gate as a pilgrim, a seeker,
wear sturdy boots for walking,
go cloaked and hooded against the wind,
blackthorn staff and lantern in hand,
an abundance of candles in your pack
for the long journey ahead.

Bring gifts and offerings for those who
dwell beyond the ancient gate, bundles
of sage, clear water, kindling, earth and salt,
bring flasks of tea, incense and bread,
bring tales and laughter to share around the fire
with those you will meet along the way.

Travel lightly and make your journey by the moon,
taking the owls, true kindred, as your
fierce and tender companions, feel
their breath along your own wings, share
their dark and mindful wisdom as you flow.

Let the song you sing as you are questing
be your own sweet music, and the stories
you spin by the fire in the nights ahead
be the narratives of your own wild and shining life,
this journey you are making into an unknown land.

Listen to the night and be content, for you are not alone —
around you is a vast and singing throng,
the very stars are singing with you as you go.

Cate (me)
 This was written at the gate of a year now long past, and it emerged from my sconce almost entirely as it appears here.  The words seem right for the new year that is now taking shape around us - good words for journeying onward in wonder and possibility. 

5 comments:

Wendi said...

Really lovely, Cate. Thank you. :)

Guy said...

Hi cate

A lovely poem, you have so many talents, thanks for sharing them with us.

Guy

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Thanks so much...this expresses what I felt when I got home last night from studio, and looked up to see the half moon and stars...so glad to be part of it. Beauty exists.

Kameshwari said...

This is perfect for me to day. It comes to me as a gift, as I finalize packing my bags for my trip to San Miguel de Allende.

Today I step into the physical space of what I am calling, "Crone Pilgrimage."

I'll hold this poem close to my heart. Thank you for this wonderful day of synchronicity.

Lilian Nattel said...

Thank you for sharing, it's timeless!