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Two poems from Ithel Colquhoun

The Grimoire collection was published in 1973 by Ore Publications of Stevenage. The poems form part of a series of some 22 poems - the 13 Celtic tree months and the nine yearly festivals. They are interleaved by Colquhoun drawings.




Duir

June 10th - July 8th


Mysterious coppice of saplings
bent from the west
And Oaks of Eden in level grassy
Meath
With those of greater girth called
Gog and Magog
Under the towering shadow of the
Glass Mount
Forgive me that I forgot your
timely libation !
I was drinking from a golden bowl
of light
I was bathing in a diamond spray
of sea -
Do not strike with your lightning-
rod but stand
Robust, a wand enduring in my
hand

IMBOLC

February 2nd

The celandine's array of
chryolite
Calls out with vibrant tongue
St.Brigid's praise
And oyster catchers, where her
grown lambs graze
Along the strand, proclaim her
earliest light

With covens of sharp cries.
Bride-sheperdess
Revealed in them and in the
celandines
Their zig-zag wing your territory
defines
Who wear the yellow flowers like
a dress

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