Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Faoilleach, the Wolf-month

yesterday, one of my favourite bloggers - camlin, of camlin's
crooked line
threw down the gauntlet.
a poetry challenge!
camlin was discussing Imbolc and Brighid, the goddess fire and
forge, of healing and poetry. now, i have no pagan connection
and curiosity sent me in search of information. I discovered
that this time of the year was known as Faoilleach, the wolf
month. naturally this knowledge intrigued my wolfish heart!

unfortunately the wolf in scotland long ago became extinct. there
is now an effort being made to reintroduce them in certain parts
of the highlands. unfortunately there will be fences, they will
not be entirely free. however, for those of us who hold the wolf
close to our hearts...
we will, once more, have the opportunity to hear their voice.
to know they prowl the wilderness which was once theirs.

i dedicate this song to my dear friend xan, the hawk. she who knows and shares a wild heart.

Faoilleach, the Wolf-month

once,when they were few
scratching at the blessed soil
for sustenance
crouching round fire
in draughty shelters
as the dark time
enshrouded the land
i was free to roam

free to run and hunt
following the deer trails
silent in the winter white
the mountain and the glen
were my own kingdom
no need to fear
the eye and arm of humanity
held prisoner by the season

their numbers increased
they staked claim to more
of the sacred earth
unprepared to share
they drove us ever further
until at last
we ceased to howl and hunt
man ruled

yet still, when the wind bites
when the snow flurries and drifts
when man seeks shelter
from the season's seeping chill
my spirit roams the hills and glens
for those who have the ears to hear
my voice once more reverberates
across the lost wilderness

Copyright © 2010 by Eryll Oellermann


eileen pennington said...

very nice, dear Wolf.

Camlin said...

beautiful song, beautiful poem.

The wolves are beginning to return to the southern forested areas of Ontario. I've heard them, and the coyotes, when I've been camping a few hours drive from where I live.

Did you know that the January full moon is called the Wolf Moon?

BELLA said...

Hey you,

Love your blog!

reeflightning said...

hi camlin
i was unaware of the january wolf moon, thanks for letting me know!

reeflightning said...

hi bella
thank you, welcome to blogland!

reeflightning said...

thank you ms pennington.

Gledwood said...

What a beautiful wolf you are.

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