Lammas and the Harvest

by Maria Duncalf-Barber

harvestLovely Lively Lammas
the special time of year
when the Goddess
takes on the role
of the Harvest Mother
The earth is fruitful
crops are bountiful,
livestock are fattening up for winter.
the Harvest Mother knows
that the cold months are coming
We give thanks for fire
for abundance

The land is sacred
full of pregnant possibilities
ready to jut out
bursting to give birth
all grains
ripe and full
labelled with love
to be ingested
to sustain all
to give us energy

The Goddess
encourages us
to begin gathering up what we can.
This is the season
for harvesting corn and grain
we can bake bread to store
blessing the loaves of the season
saving seeds for next year's planting

People dance in the fields
with circles of friends
singing sacred songs
dancing delightful dances
for rebirth and renewal
feasting on fresh baked bread
squashes and pumpkins

As skin touches soil
the harvest is felt underfoot
fingers reach into the ground
digging up jewels of grains
pulling out plants of nourishment
filling up in all capacities

Gathering with love
as we reap ripe
wheat and grains
the bounty of the land
while healing the earth
the magical harvest
transforms us all

Harvest Mother
the reaper
feeds us
as the sacred land
lends itself
to nourish us with love
Blessing the harvest
from the depth of the earth
the fruits of the season
apples, plums and peaches
arrive to sustain
our body, mind and spirit
we give thanks
from the depth
of our hearts.

©Maria Duncalf-Barber
August 2nd 2010

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.
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