“Go forth and make poetry,” I proclaimed at the end of my creative writing workship at the 2017 Wise Woman Ireland Weekend. This year’s gathering of wise women was at Newgrange where we were able to view both the Brú and Dowth from the field beside our accommodation. The Boyne meandered on the opposite side of the road. The theme for this Bealtaine Wise Woman Weekend was Passion, Purpose and Purity. All very timely and seasonal for the Celtic wheel of the year.
On Sunday morning ten women from around Ireland joined me on a hunt for omens and auguries using symbol and metaphor. By the end of the two and a half-hour workshop several women had completed their very first poem.
I set us the task of creating a Treble Elevenie using the themes Passion, Purpose and Purity as either the beginning or concluding line of the elevenie.
Starlight and moondust
With body I worship
Let magic begin
Tricking around with words
Complete in itself
Scenes from a life
Over the course of the weekend I attended two other ‘word’ workshops. In one there was a collective poem created using the ‘cut up’ method. In the other we looked at lines of poetry in a deeply spiritual context and how it resonated within.
And did I get an omen? Yes, of a sort. But I won’t say exactly what it was, but it is summed up in this quotation from Rumi
May the beauty of what you love be what you do.
I love this writing life. I love living in Ireland. I love the deep nurture of nature and living deep in the silence and solitude of wildish West Cavan. I love how the land speaks. It makes me a wise woman and a very grateful one, too.