Before a name

This short but intense poem is getting its first airing here. I rescued it from two books by Miranda Green: Celtic Goddesses: Warriors Virgins and Mothers (p 77) and The Gods of the Celts  (p 35).

Before a name

Silver horses run on alien lands
guardians of gold hands and Ireland’s stories;
vigorous, the king of wood and word,
sexual, the bride of stone and roots.

Mortal is the waterbird, believing
that rivers shape-shift, carrying divine
spirits to a savage transformation,
to a form that forced a human birth:

crushing meaning; giving them a name.

3 thoughts on “Before a name

  1. Thanks Mike, I’m just dancing gingerly through jet lag! And thanks for the nice comment on the rescuee. It’s interesting; some work much better than others so it’s really pot luck. You have to hope for a nice bunch of words to choose from!

    See you sometime, somewhere, soon!

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