Pause

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves". - Mary Oliver, Wild Geese. Our society creates expectations to be productive. Even in a crisis... Continue Reading →

Becoming – a poem

They told me I should be the rock, Unyielding, hard and cold. But I longed for the sea, Caressing and inviting. They told me I should be the sun, Bright, shining with illumination. But I longed for the moon, Shifting and alchemical. They told me I should be the word, Logic, truth and power. But... Continue Reading →

Finding What Was Lost

On the day of my initiation into the Bardic Grove of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, my Grove's leader (not that he would call himself that) gifted me a brass oak leaf pendant to mark the start of my new Druid journey. On the cycle home from the ritual, I lost it. I... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Intentions

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them orselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first page is New Year's Day" - Edith Lovejoy Pierce. I hope you all had a restful and happy festive season, whatever you celebrate, and happy New Year to you... Continue Reading →

See You Next Year!

Blessings of the festive season to you, one and all, whatever you celebrate this time of year. I'm taking a proper break for once, so no blogging, no social media (well, ok, maybe sharing photos of the #HerbGerbs on Instagram as they open their Yule gifts), and more resting. I have lots of ideas for... Continue Reading →

Be More Kind

"Never be curel, never be cowardly...Remember, hate is always foolish, and love is always wise. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind". - The Doctor, "Twice Upon a Time". I'm not a wise old Druid. I'm quite far from any of those things. But just for today, let me pretend to... Continue Reading →

Awaiting Autumn

It's hot. In fact, my part of the country has had record-breaking temperatures, including the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK...ever. On a broader scale, the world is on fire. Literally, there are fires raging from the Amazon to the Arctic. This is the new normal, this is climate change revealed, and it's scary... Continue Reading →

Knowing when to cut

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." - William James. The early harvest is beginning to be gathered in from the fields around my village, with harvesters and tractors busily at work, and fields that were oceans of waving grain are now becoming stubble dotted with hay bales. The... Continue Reading →

Ecce Homo – a poem

When you look at me, do you see a man? Do my rough shapes coagulate in mock virility? These limbs, this chest, these hands, these lips; Dissolve and fall apart, I cannot hold. We are mostly empty space - The gaps between the atoms, the void Between the stars, the catch of Breath Before the... Continue Reading →

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