Two Birches

Two Birches, Penwortham







impersonate yellow autumn,
sentinel queens locks ablaze,
sun-gold flipping to aluminium
moonlight silver and back again,
sparkling tinkle of origami
chimes upon the wind bringing
ghosts to spiral stairways

that turn through time
to meet in mist
where sun and moon
shine lucid
on paradigms
of Gwynfyd’s bliss,
those undiscovered parapets.

7 thoughts on “Two Birches

    1. Gwynfyd can be seen as an otherworldly place and / or a state of consciousness.

      (I think) its first appearance is in Iolo Moganwg’s ‘Barddas’ where he describes it as a place / state obtained by ‘seeing and knowing everything.’

      In ‘Natural Druidry’ Kristoffer Hughes says ‘Gwynfyd represents the Otherworld of Celtic legend and lore, it is where the hidden people reside, those of the invisible realms, the world of our gods, of our honourable dead. It is the residence of spirits, those who continue to serve the whole, the One… Time does not exist in Gwynfyd, it is not confined within matter, it exists just on its borders, and therefore it cannot degrade. It is the corridor between the world of matter and the great soul of the universe.’

      I associate experiences of Gwynfyd with intense visions (for the most part indescribable) and the feelings of truth and ecstatic unity. I see Gwyn ap Nudd as connected both etymologically and in essence with this place / state of being.

      1. I like that. And there are shamanic connections with Birch too, of course. The association with Fly Agaric, and the idea of climbing the birch trunk to reach other worlds. According to Eliade, in Buryat tradtion the Birch is ‘guardian of the door’. Then we have the beating of the bounds. Driving out the spirit of the old year.

    1. I didn’t know they made origami offerings at Shinto temples. Very interesting as ‘origami’ was one of the words that came into my mind when I was with the trees, which I knew I must use in the poem…

      1. Yea they are not quite like the origami figures one sees but more like paper folded into long streamers that i think are covered with prayers and they remind me also of weeping willow. Shinto is of course very pagan and pre-Buddhist.and all about the Kami or gods of a particular area. Sound familiar?

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