Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sacred Brigid and Profane Groundhog

Today is Imbolc, the sacred day of the Celtic Goddess Brigid. For several years, many bloggers have celebrated by participating in a Cyberspace Poetry Slam. Everyone posts a favourite poem written by themselves or by another. Collectively, this results in a vast internet web of poetry being woven to honour Brigid, the Goddess of Poetry.

This year I am posting one of my favourite poems by the Canadian-American lesbian poet Elsa Gidlow (1898 - 1986).


You Say
by Elsa Gidlow

You say I am mysterious.
Let me explain myself:
In a land of oranges
I am faithful to apples.



And, as promised, here's the profane groundhog:


33 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

The only groundhog day thing that I like is the movie, the rest is too ridiculous.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

phil is only correct 38 percent of the time. anyone else with those stats would be fired! love the poem!

DEZMOND said...

such true delight :) And what's wrong with oranges? :)

JACKIESUE said...

and the super bowl.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Lovely. Makes me wonder about my own favorite poems. I'm going to dive back into my books to find out. Have a lovely Sunday.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Effing groundhog. LOL

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Beautiful poem! I hate winter.

Pickleope Von Pickleope said...

I like that poem. Happy Imbolc...though i have no idea how to pronounce that word.

Lon Anderson said...

Not that I'm against oranges, but I'd prefer an apple instead.

Kestril Trueseeker said...

I let loose a lot of profanity at the thought of more winter weather (damn rodent saw his shadow). There's a nasty storm heading this way, as if to underline Phil's prediction. Ugh!

Cheryl said...

Love the poem.

Now that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted 6 more weeks of winter he is probably not everyone's favorite rodent. The little guy better watch his back for the next 6 weeks.

Jim said...

Great poem Debra! Keep that mind open I say!
Shubenacadie Sam, our local groundhog predicted, has just informed us that we will be basking in springlike sunshine very soon!! Yes!

Leeanna said...

Before Punxsutawney Phil There was the Candlemas Day on Feb 2. There is an old Scottish poem that goes:

If Candlemas Day be dry and fair,
Half the winter's to come and mair. (pronounced mare)

If Candlemas Day be wet and foul,
Half o' winter's gane at Yule.

Linda Wildenstein said...

Love the poem.
Hate the rodent.
Ba Humbug winter.
and that's all I have to say about that.

The Happy Whisk said...

Hope things are not too cold up your way today. Not terrible here, just a dusting really, but it sure looks pretty.

Now I'm trying to decide of a sweet chocolate heart bake or a savory herb and cheese. So many choices.

Cheers and boogie boogie.

mistress maddie said...

And I firmly believe that is what Phil say every year too!!! It's till cold out, who the hell wants to leave their burrow just yet?

Fundy Blue said...

Hee hee! :) Happy Ground Hog Day! I guess I should say: Happy Imbolc Day!

mxtodis123 said...

Our bright mayor dropped the groundhog this morning. I have a feeling we are in for a 'long' four years.
Mary

Adam said...

but he's a natural meteorologist

Joy Christi said...

That poem is everything. And I love the cartoon! Groundhog Day is the silliest in a calendar FULL of silly non-holidays.

Bird said...

Blessed Imbolc and Brigit's day. We had more snow but then lots of sun and now, more gray clouds coming in. I hope you have a beautiful day,
Bird

Francie M said...

Imbolc. Is it pronounced the way it is written? I love the description of a web of poetry and I love the poem you posted. Funny!! As for the groundhog I don't believe in groundhogs anymore.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

That's a prediction I would gladly stand behind.

Be well, Debra.
Happy Groundhog Day.
xoRobyn

Ol'Buzzard said...

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sarah Palin can see Russia
from her front porch.
I like the Wizard of Oz
how'bout you?
Bugger

the Ol'Buzzard

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I love the poem you posted...hahaha...

Six more weeks of winter? Boo...hiss...grrrr....

greekwitch said...

You made me laugh so badly! My" poor titties" bounced a lot!! Brightest Imbolc blessings to you my love!

Magic Love Crow said...

Love the poem!!! Those poor groundhogs! We should leave them alone! A blessed Imbolc to you ;o)

heartinhand said...

Of course there is six more weeks of winter, it's Canada. Insert sad face here.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Sweet poem. The groundhog day cartoon is a riot! What a strange tradition the groundhog thing it!!!

A Beer For The Shower said...

I love poems that are short and to the point. And punchy. Also, I know we like asking a random rodent to predict our weather, but I don't know, maybe we can ask some kind of meteorologist to give us a slightly more accurate prediction.

Mary said...

Beautiful poem! Love it. And i love groundhog. He thinks we humans are ridiculous. (And sometimes he's right.). :)

Guillaume said...

Cool, so this is the Pagan roots of Candlemass. next year, I celebrate it, somehow. This year, being jetlagged, I forgot to make pancakes.

Lady Lilith said...

Lol. Cute illustration.