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Hymn to The White Spring


In the beginning I saw nothing †
†  
eyes furiously adjusting †
between day and night †  
†  
a woman held my hand down †
those gnarled stone steps †  
as I teetered on the edge †
of nerves and darkness †
†  
then, as if a dimmer switch †
gently illuminated sight: †
†  
hundreds of candles †
moss covered horns †
†  
a huge central pool carved †
out of simplistic stone †
overflowing with spring water. †
†  
I sat a little. †  
†  
Watched naked humans climb †  
in and out of that murky wet †
†  
admired the bravery †
of going sky-clad before strangers, †
the odd comfort in witnessing †
the ease it occurred as I wandered †
further into the black. †  
†  
I found Brigidís altar in a quiet corner †
nesting within an arch of woven branches, †
clootie ribbons plaited into ancient walls †
†  
rested on her bench †
soaked in her peace †  
asked for blessings on my way †
†  
grieved as I found an altar to Cernunnos †
a few feet further into the gloom. †
†  
I took my torc from my pocket †
then an antler necklace I had made †
as an amulet. Pressed them against †  
the dimly lit shrine. Dipped them †  
into cold, mystic water. †  
†  
I thought of the certainty of Christians. †
†  
How easy it must be to walk into churches †  
to see a saviour fearlessly displayed †
on every hymnal, every window, every wall †
†  
thought of the blood and fire †  
that swept Englandís †  
medieval landscapes †
where old ways were burned †  
tortured †
purged †
†  
then I opened my eyes †  
inside that Pagan temple †
that liminal place †
that cavern of ancient rite †
†  
and wept †
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wept the tears †  
of a gold-plated God †
forced to stay †
in one place.

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Written by Northern_Soul (-Missy-)
Published
Author's Note
Letters to the Old Ways
17/30

Clootie Wells: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clootie_well
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