Because there’s no other way.
Because the gods have got me by the heartstrings.
Because I see over the horizon not what’s on it.
Because I see birds who are not birds.
Because I am in hidden spaces.
Because I love mist.
Because no-one tells the whispers of the silent.
Because words can dance like pictures on cave walls.
Because my people are hungry.
Because the wind howls down my neck.
Because I wake at night and there are stars.
Because the mortality ship is sailing.
Because I am the threshold.
Because another world’s stars hem me in.
Because I look above and the worms are singing.
Lorna Smithers is a poet, author, awenydd, and Brythonic polytheist. She is currently exploring how our ancient British myths relate to our environmental and political crises and dreaming new stories. As a devotee of Gwyn ap Nudd, a ruler of Annwn, she seeks to reweave the ways between the worlds.
She has published two books: Enchanting the Shadowlands and The Broken Cauldron. Her third book, Gatherer of Souls, will be published on Saturday 29th September. She writes for Gods & Radicals and has edited their journal, A Beautiful Resistance. Her work has appeared in a number of Pagan publications and poetry magazines and can be found on Awen & Awenydd and Dun Brython.
Based in Penwortham, Lancashire, she gives talks and workshops focusing on Brythonic mythology and folklore, connecting with the spirits of the land, devotional poetry, and combining meditation with creative writing as a spiritual practice. She performs her poetry at local events and is a committee member of Damson Poets.