Thursday, November 04, 2021

Thursday Poem - Treading the Gate


Approach the gate as a pilgrim, a seeker,
wear sturdy boots for the craggy trail beyond.
Go cloaked and hooded against the wind,
blackthorn staff and lantern in your hand,
an abundance of candles in your pack
for the dusky nightfall hours ahead.

Bring gifts and votive offerings for those who
dwell beyond the ancient threshold, bundles of sage,
clear water, kindling, earth and seaborn salt.
Bring flasks of tea, incense and bread,
tales and laughter to share around the fire
with those you 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 soft breath
along your own wings, share in their dark
and watchful wisdom as you go.

Let the songs 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 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.

Catherine Kerr (me)

10 comments:

Victoria Londergan said...

May my heart be opened to benevolence
     my mind be stilled by beauty
     my body be filled with spirit
     my whole being a vessel for mercy
And the radiant circle of
     Your Intimacy find shelter in me.🙏🏻🧚💫

kerrdelune said...

Thank you!

Barbara R. said...

How very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Beth Owl's Daughter said...

Weeping. Magnificent. I needed this today. Thank you.

Mystic Meandering said...

So, so beautiful! Thank you!

Marsha said...

Moving, mysterious, ringing true. Many thanks.

Tabor said...

My goodness. That grabs my heart and I realize I have to read it several times. It is sorich!

Wendi said...

Love this! <3 Thank you.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful. ❤

thelma said...

Absolutely beautiful.