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 an awenydd, Brythonic polytheist and devotee of Gwyn ap Nudd recovering lost stories from the land and myths of forgotten gods and leaving signposts in the mist. She is the author of Enchanting the Shadowlands and The Broken Cauldron, editor of A Beautiful Resistance: The Fire is Here, and a contributor to Awen ac Awenydd, Dun Brython, and Gods & Radicals. She gives talks, runs workshops, leads walks, performs her poetry and stories alone and with Guests of the Earth, and helps organise Damson Poets in her home county of Lancashire in the North West of England.