29 October 2013

When Veil is Thin



When veil is thin between the worlds
candles set in windows swirl
to drive out darkness, bring the light,
welcome ancients, bless the unquiet
dead on their way. Realms unite, twirl

together, liminal time unfurled,
a crack between worlds, learned in oak- burled
woods from spirits this night outside time
when veil is thin.

Lives flow through currents of the soul hurled
from Source, otherworld wide open, curled
visions, elders and fairies- one tribe,
presage of winter shines lighted fires,
kindles kinds of knowledge between worlds
when veil is thin.

Offered for Open Link Night over at dVerse Poets Pub to celebrate the festival of Samhain, the start of the Celtic New Year. Tony Maude wrote a fine post on the rondeau on 24 October and I was inspired to write this in that form. I took the photo at sunset over a lake in my husband's cousin's back yard in County Clare, Ireland.

28 comments:

  1. smiles...nicely done to form...when the veil is thin...there is magic that can happen...its funny before i had ever heard that phrase there was a group of us that had a mind blowing conversation on things we had seen when the veil is thin...

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    1. Yes, certain times of year and certain places can facilitate those experiences. I'd love to be in on a conversation like that.

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  2. Lovely photo and poem, I like the theme of the veil being thin.

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  3. Great concept, that thin veil. You know I completely believe in it. This is a lovely poem to this time when the veil seems thinnest.

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    1. The concept certainly didn't originate with me but I wanted to explore it at this time of year.

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  4. i much like the image of the thin veil between the worlds...there are times when it def. feels thinner as on others... very cool pic as well...so peaceful

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    1. Sunset is a transition time so I thought it would be appropriate.

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  5. This is the time of year when that veil thins between the seasons, the living and the dead, and much much more. Love the poem. How perfect for today. :-)

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  6. I think the veil is thinner than we realize! This poem has a contemplative feel.

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    1. This is the festival of my ancestors, lots to contemplate...

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  7. Very fitting and seasonal - makes one think...

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  8. Interesting! Very cool poem! :-)

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    1. One of the things I like about dVerse Poets and Real Toads is learning new forms of poetry. I enjoyed working with this form.

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  10. A beautiful piece...I can't write in rhyme. It always sounds more kindergarten than grown up.

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    1. This is my first time with this form and it was tricky to find as many rhymes as the form called for. It helped me say it in a fresher way, however.

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  11. This is a fabulous rondeau. The way you've used enjambment to disguise the rhymes is wonderful.

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    1. Since there are 8 of the A rhymes it felt like I needed to do that to keep them from being too obvious. I liked the process of writing a rondeau.

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  12. A lovely poem - great choice of refrain. Thanks. k.

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  13. I loved the imagery and the way the words just roll off the tongue.

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    1. Thanks, Rowan. BTW, I love your name since rowan is the name of a tree in Ireland and there's a great song about it.

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  14. "liminal time unfurled,
    a crack between worlds"

    Not an easy form to do! I adore "cracks between worlds" - some of my favorite books and movies have included this theme. Nice photo too!

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  15. Thanks, Margaret. The photo was a right place at the right time moment.

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