Samhain is a pagan Celtic festival celebrated on the 31 October. It’s a time to celebrate the last of the autumn harvest and welcome in the onset of winter, embracing the darkness to come and remembering loved ones who have passed away. With this in mind I’m sharing a poem I wrote on that theme and wishing you all a restful and restorative winter!
Saying Goodbye To Rose Cottages
The apple tree stands,
split bark, gnarled roots and
rusted boat parts underfoot,
deep in the ground where
we left him behind.
It watches over a cottage,
with doors that clatter,
an abundance of bricks
stacked to make walls
and window frames which
hold the estuary close.
Boots covered in moss hide amongst
house martins flutter in, out, in.
Here there is life of some sort
inevitable flames lick the debris,
which soon turn to ash
beginnings rekindle an end.
We take it in turns to turn away,
from all walls that we knew,
there’s little reason to stay.
And if he asks you – were we running?
Well, you can tell him we were flying,
do tell him we were flying.
By Jasmine Irving
(Last few lines reference to the song “Take This Hammer” http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/leadbelly/take+this+hammer_20318147.html )