Imbolc Midwinter Celebration

by Maria Duncalf-Barber

Come to me
Oh holy Mother Goddess
During this midwinter
Weave your sacred
Celtic tradition
Over the land
Grace us with your cow
Bestow abundance on us all
Your milk has miraculous powers
To heal, to bring life.
When the sun is in the East
Brigid sweet Celtic Goddess
Light-Bringer of all things new
guard your fire
Oh woman of wisdom
Exhalted One
This becomes your night
Sacred fire burn brightly
Touch us with thy radiant flame
Invoking new birth
Regeneration of plenty
Bounties galore for all
Divinely giving Sustenance
To feed the hungry
To moisten the dry ones
With you the chalice overflows
In between places and times
When the doors between worlds open
As the fresh beginnings of spring
Warm the body and the heart
We discard the cloak of winter
Praying for the first crops
To sustain
The magical community.

©Maria Duncalf-Barber, January 2007

Maria Duncalf-Barber

Maria Duncalf-Barber comes from a large family in Liverpool, England and has lived in Muskoka, Canada since 1993. She is a counsellor and educational trainer, also a motivational speaker. She has written numerous short stories and poetry, magazine and newspaper articles in Britain and Canada. She writes a regular column for Muskoka Magazine.  Writes her own column called "What's Up Bracebridge".  She has published her first book of poetry called, 'Carrying Our Altars Within-Inspirational Sacred Poetry'.  She is featured in eight anthologies of poetry and short story writing.
She is involved with photography and has won prizes for her work.  Maria loves the written word, loves being a storyteller and teaching writing and poetry workshops.
Maria was a semi-finalist for the short story at the Moondance Film Festival 2009 and has reached the semi-finals again in 2010.
She is presently writing and directing a documentary on Women and Aging - Aging A Work in Process.
Maria loves people and is excited when she midwifes them towards change, she adores the work she does. Her key word is integrity and she is living her True, authentic life and loving every moment of it. Maria’s involvement with personal growth stems from recognizing the holistic aspects of spirit, mind and body and the connection they portray.
Maria Duncalf-Barber

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