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Summer Solstice


SUMMER SOLSTICE

Queen Meabh stood beside the cairn, her velvet cape fluttered in the night air,
She called onto the Goddess Aine to return the moon safe to its hidden lair. 
Braziers crackled as wood and turf warmed the dark hour before dawn’s light,
Na Fianna Warriors guarded against the savage unknown forces of the night.
A lone whistler’s haunting tune announced the Thuaith De Dannan clan’s arrival,
And Morganna smirked as frightened eyes diverted their gaze in self survival.
The heart beat of the bodhran was joined by the uilleann piper’s soothing soul,
As evil Balor shook with fear, banished safe within his watery hell hole. 
Then moonlight sparkled the wild sea horses as the waves hissed onto the shore,
Aine slipped into the blue of the night as the clans stood in darkness once more.
Then Druids began to chant as queen Meabh raised her golden Torc and spear,
Excitement roused the gathered crowd as they sensed the magic drawing near.
The bodhran raced its primitive beat as chanting and music shook the world, 
On the horizon the sun God Eatain loosed the false sun, as nature was unfurled.
The Druids entered the sacred cairn as outside the clans watched the true sun rise,
Its sunbeam flowed across the land about to unveil its most wondrous surprise.
Its beam lit up the chamber dais as golden ogham symbols glowed an amber hue,
Clapping and singing rose to the skies as new beginnings were ringing true. 
The breakfast feast was shared to all and offerings were made to the mighty god,
Four thousand years later we still honour this festival and respect the sacred sod.

26th May 2016 S.de B.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 7/24/2016 1:21:00 AM
Seosanh.... nice win...skat
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 7/24/2016 4:01:00 PM
:) Thank you, hope you are well.
Date: 6/8/2016 5:55:00 PM
A deep, mysterious, enchanting piece!! Congrats Seosamh, for your first placement in the contest!! ;-)
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/9/2016 11:17:00 AM
Thank you for the positive comment and taking the time to read my poem, I appreciate it.
Date: 6/6/2016 11:23:00 PM
wow, you really got into her challenge and gave exactly what Shadow called for in her instructions to us. BIG congrats on an amazing win.
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/7/2016 3:16:00 PM
Thank you I did enjoy this challenge I love Celtic mythology and actually live near some Iron Age ruins that are still used for the Solstice ceremonies each year. Thank you for reading and kind comment.
Date: 6/6/2016 9:06:00 AM
Congratulations and thanks for sharing the knowledge!
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/7/2016 3:17:00 PM
Thank you for reading and kind comment.
Date: 6/6/2016 7:59:00 AM
This piece is certainly deserving of its top-of-the-class win! Congratulations and a 7 to you my friend! Best wishes. Pandita
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/7/2016 3:18:00 PM
Thank you for your generous vote and taking the time to read and comment on my poem its really appreciated.
Date: 6/6/2016 2:25:00 AM
Splendid efforts !!i have entered into the world of ancient magical times by reading your poem congratution on the pinnacle position...
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/6/2016 6:43:00 AM
Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a kind comment on my poem.
Date: 6/5/2016 10:30:00 PM
Outstanding! Congratulations on your wonderful deserving win! ; )
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/6/2016 6:45:00 AM
Thank you for your kind comment on my poem, I appreciate you taking the time to read.
Date: 6/5/2016 10:14:00 PM
Seosamh , Congratulations on your win!!!!
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/6/2016 6:46:00 AM
Thank you for reading and kind comment. :)
Date: 6/5/2016 9:20:00 PM
Very nicely written.. congrats
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/6/2016 6:47:00 AM
Thank you for the visit and taking the time to read and comment.
Date: 6/5/2016 4:58:00 PM
Congrats on your top placement in the contest :)-luloo
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/5/2016 7:19:00 PM
Thank you so much.
Date: 6/5/2016 4:53:00 PM
simply superb and well researched truly a top rate poem congrats on your 1st place hugs
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/5/2016 7:19:00 PM
Thank you very much on your very kind placing of my poem in your contest. I have read some of the other entries and they are superb and look forward to reading all the entrants. Thank you again and congrats to all the other entrants.
Date: 6/5/2016 4:52:00 PM
You put much interesting knowledge into this. I was enthralled by many words I am ignorant of, but able to define from content. The consistent line length and rhyme add even more talent to your intriguing tale. A first place winner, indeed - you earned it and I congratulate you. All the best ... CayCay
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/5/2016 7:14:00 PM
Thank you for such kind comment. Most of the imagery is of Celtic origin so the names can be difficult to translate...e,g Na Fianna were a band of fierce warriors...
Date: 6/5/2016 4:47:00 PM
Nicely done, Seosamh! Congrats on your Trophy Win! Sandra
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Seosamh De Burca
Date: 6/5/2016 7:11:00 PM
Thanks you so much.