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Imbolc - A Poem

Updated on February 2, 2016
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Pagan Poetry is a specialty of mine - I have a website called TheGypsyThread with more of my work.

Brigid, the Gaelic goddess of poetry
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Candlemas

Winter passing

Spring on the horizon

The maiden returns

The infant sun

Suckles at her breast

Too, we celebrate

Brigid of the Celts

The healer, the midwife

Goddess of Poetry

The sacred flame tended

Opening doors long shut

Receding snows expose

Rich soil, shoots, and buds

Purify your self

Dedicate and reflect

Welcome the light

In the Pagan world, Imbolc (IM-bolk or EM-boluk) is one of the four major sabbats (holiday's.)

Imbolc falls halfway between the Winter solstice and Spring Equinox and honors the Goddess Brigid (also known by many other names) the Celtic Goddess of Fire, Poetry, Healing, and Childbirth. It is a time to let go of the past and look towards the future. A time of cleansing, purification, and wish-making. Life has an insatiable appetite for rebirth and the longer days bring a renewed feeling of hope to all who embrace it.

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    Ralph Schwartz 9 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    It's that time again everyone - get your "fire festival" on.....

    Linda - nothing like saying better late than never to respond to your question, I also write at creativeexiles.com and thegypsythread.com

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

    Most inspirational poetry.

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    Linda Robinson 21 months ago from Cicero, New York

    Good Morning Ralph I was doing poetry before hubbing and blogging. I will have to share some of mind as well. But really love and enjoy your skill of poetry and style of writing. If you don't mind me asking, are you writing anywhere else? Enjoy your day. Linda

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    Shaloo Walia 21 months ago

    Beautiful poem!

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    Ralph Schwartz 21 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I think we could all use a "shot" of spring right about now !

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    Ralph Schwartz 21 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts

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    Linda Crampton 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thank you for sharing the lovely poem and the information about Brigid and Imbolc. There is definitely a sense of nature reawakening where I live. I love the thought that spring is coming.

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    Linda Robinson 22 months ago from Cicero, New York

    Hello Ralph what a moving incredible poem. I really loved it. Linda

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

    This is beautiful and lifted my winter spirit to the first sight of spring! New birth is a wonderful event. Thank you..

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    breakfastpop 22 months ago

    Your beautiful words lifted my winter spirits!

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    John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

    A wonderful poem celebrating the coming spring RJ. Thank you for sharing that information about Imbolc (IM-bolk or EM-boluk) and the Goddess Brigid. Very informative.

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    manatita44 22 months ago from london

    I like that - A positive and excellent message for Spring, and with a charming mythological touch. Cool!