Thursday, July 13, 2017

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 votive 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,
tales and laughter to share around the fire
with those you will meet along the way.

Travel light 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 in 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

This was written at the gate of a year long past, the words emerging from my sconce
almost entirely as they appear here.  They are good words for journeying, and
I am surprised I have not posted them here in the last year or two.

4 comments:

Wendi said...

Just what I needed today. Lovely. Thank you.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Beautiful...last three lines have my heart...thank you...mary ann

Kameshwari said...

These words read perfectly into these days, just past the full moon.

Shell said...

Truly powerful and luminous words.