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 the 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 three books: Enchanting the Shadowlands, The Broken Cauldron, and Gatherer of Souls. Her work has appeared in a number of Pagan publications and poetry magazines. She writes for Gods & Radicals, has edited their journal, A Beautiful Resistance, and is co-editing an anthology for Awen & Awenydd.
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.