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Song: An Imbolc Tale

An Imbolc Tale
By: Deirdre M. Murphy

Come light a candle to remind us Spring will come
Come share a song, a dance, a rhythm on the drum
I’ll share a story on this frigid winter night,
The tale of a Goddess who would rather work than fight.

CHORUS:..........I am the fire in the poet’s heart
........................I am the passion from which all new things start
........................Whether you shape words or metals,.I am the flame
........................If you create something new, you invoke my name.

The Gods assembled to see which one was best
They held seven contests to see who could beat the rest
But Brighid stayed home, and stoked her hearth fires hot
With dinner cooking, planning beauty in her thought.

CHORUS

The tricksters told tall tales, none willing to concede
The Gods of weather made rain--more than anyone could need
The Goddesses of beauty preened while Hunters trapped and slew
While Brighid wrote a song, made bread, and set the mead to brew

CHORUS

At last, the war-Gods gave up, bruised and tired and sore
The Gods of sex and those of harvest vied no more
Worn out, the Gods all turned to the Judges with a sigh,
But the Gods of Wisdom fought and declared the games a tie.

CHORUS

Then Brighid rang a bell, new-forged in her hearth fire
The Gods and Goddesses found a feast to soothe their ire
And Brighid sang her song, which praised each one in turn
They cheered her as the best; gave her the winner’s urn.

CHORUS

Copyright ©2000 (April 19) Deirdre M. Murphy. Most Rights Reserved.
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As always, I love to hear from you!



Edit:  If you want chords, contact me.  I'm willing to share, but not to spend an hour fiddling to get them over the right words in LJ.

Comments

( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
kelkyag
Feb. 1st, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
Nothing like dinner to trump foolishness. :) Thank you!
wyld_dandelyon
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
red_trillium
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
I liked this, thank you.
wyld_dandelyon
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
I'm glad! And you're welcome.
red_trillium
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
I saw the Fireborn story up but I haven't read it yet. I've got to do baking tomorrow (had to do some tonight) for our Relay for Life bakesale on Thurs. I'm saving Fireborn for a treat when I get that done.
wyld_dandelyon
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
When you get to it is good!
marisabirns.com
Feb. 2nd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
your friday flash
You are well-versed (heh) in the celebration of the Celtic traditions.

Fire and purification are an important aspect of this festival. Brighid forged a new bell and called all to share in the warmth and nourishment. And to celebrate.

Wonderful!

Marisa (@marisabirns)
wyld_dandelyon
Feb. 2nd, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
xjenavivex
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
I meant to say thank you.
wyld_dandelyon
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 8th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
An Imbolc Tale
I wanted to know more about the story behind this story/poem/song. Very intriguing.
wyld_dandelyon
Feb. 8th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: An Imbolc Tale
If you drop by again, let me know who you are, or at least ask a more specific question. I'm glad to have conversations with my readers.

Edited at 2010-02-08 08:30 am (UTC)
debs1212
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
I love how you wove the Imbolc mythos into rhyme! I'd love to hear it set to music!
wyld_dandelyon
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'd love to sing it for you.

Sadly, I need more/improved technology to input sound into my computer; the input jack is fried.
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