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If I were a doran

Updated on October 23, 2013

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If I were a witch,

I would not fly around crowing.

Instead, I would be the kind of witch

The Irish call a Doran.

I will not wear a pointy hat or stir up pots of trouble.

I will wear a special cloak.

Be gifted with a special kind of knowing:

Where I was needed

Where I must go

When called by forces

By pulls

By tugs

By the one

Who calls for the special kind

Of knowing

Only I can know.

I will follow

Follow the longing

who longs for me.

With my cloak

Wrapped around my soul,

I will begin the journey

Of looking to find the one

Who’s looking for me.

A flask of clear water

I will carry with me

In a cobalt bottle

Tucked in the deep pockets

Of my very special cloak

Made out yarns

Dyed and woven

Carefully sewn together

With care and knowing,

A drape of softness some will not feel

As I travel to be with the one who’s real,

Only a whisper as I travel by

Making others look up but not knowing why,

Chanting good tidings as I proceed

With my mission to find

The loved one who’s searching for me.

His voice,

His melodies,

His rhythms, words and flow

Dancing in the moonlight as I go

Making shadows with the moon

Listening for the rhymes of his special tune.

Giving thanks for the universe.

Giving thanks for you.

Carrying the clear water in my cloak,

Stealing behind trees,

Shadowing the shadows

I know what he needs:

No longer to hurt

Or feel the burns

Of too many battles

Fought on too many sands

Disappearing will be the ghosts in his haunted lands.

Sailing across the deepest seas

I will not give up

‘til I find the one who’s

Looking for me.

And where I find him

Wherever it takes

On mountain top or on island

In meadow or by lake,

I will find the one.

Make all his hurts go away.

When I appear to him who’s called for me,

His eyes

Will see,

Will know

I’ve journeyed far and wide

To bathe him in my clear water

To be by his side:

The one he has yearned for,

The one he has longed for,

The one who brings the clear water

Has now arrived.

Standing in front of him,

My cloak will fall to my feet.

He who has called




This woman!

This doran!

His eyes no longer

Red and weary

Will see a spectacular sight:

Colors draped in my cloak

Ease out from the seams

Creating a glorious sight to see:

Waterfalls overflowing

So clear

So blue

Spraying a mist

Springing to life

Making the old into new.

Along the banks of the bluest blue

Lushness in every shade of green,

A shining light spilling glitter and gold

Creating a most heavenly sheen,

For this story will have been told

Many times

Over and over

So long ago

To a very special doran

Wearing a very special cloak:

Go find the one who’s callin’

Who’s courageous

Who’s bold!

Bathe him in this clear water.

Take his hand.

Hold him close.

For you will’ve discovered his

heart beats true.

You will’ve found the one

Who’s been calling for you!

Wise Child occurs in Scotland of the 13th to 17th centuries [1] and after our heroine’s grandmother passes, Wise Child finds herself living with the local doran or witch Juniper.

Lorena McKennitt - The Mystics Dream


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      4 years ago


      Your kind words and vote of confidence brings warmth on this very cold day.

      Many Blessings To You My Friend,


    • torrilynn profile image


      4 years ago

      Such beautiful poetry. I didn't know what a doran was at first. Awe- inspiring indeed. Up and beautiful.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Greetings! Love your avatar. Thanks for your kind comments and vote.

      Will be over to check out your work.

      Thanks for making my day,


    • tracykarl99 profile image


      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for sharing this, Kim! Loved it and voted up ;)

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      You rock! Thanks for the share and the vote. Lorena McKennitt has been a favorite of mine for a long time. To me, she fits the description of a modern day doran.

      Many Blessings,


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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A haunting tale Kim, and thanks for educating us on what a doran is. Love the video The Mystic's dream as well. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Good Morning Max,

      I had this posted and took it down. If I am not mistaken, there were some comments from men during that first run. Nonetheless, thank you for your observation. I hope your many commitments are not preventing you from writing your extra-special American sonnets.

      Best Wishes,


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      Max Havlick 

      5 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Hi Kim.

      I notice all your commenters are women.

      Perhaps for men the witch concept is foreign:

      if some like you should happen by more often,

      no doubt the image witches have would soften.

      Best wishes,

      Max, midnight Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes. I think it is all in the connotation.


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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a interesting poem. I had no idea what a doran was or that it was Irish. This is beautiful and illustrates not all witches are trouble or bad.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for your willingness to join me in the journey. Thanks for the votes and kind words as well.



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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Thanks you for the wonderful magical journey. Enjoyed.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for using the word "brilliant" and for the vote.

      Wishing a wonderful time with your family,


    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      For you will’ve discovered his

      heart beats true.

      You will’ve found the one

      Who’s been calling for you!

      Brilliant Kim; voted up for sure.


    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Monis Mas,

      Hey! Thanks for reading.


    • Monis Mas profile image


      5 years ago

      Wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      So glad to have you along on any journey.

      Thanks for the vote.

      Sending extra bottle of clear water to you : )


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      5 years ago

      This was a truly wonderful piece of writing Kim, it was an awesome journey you took me on....and that is how I have voted...thanks for sharing:-))


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