Oh the nighttime beating of the soul’s wings: Herders of sheep once, we walked along the forests that were growing dark, And the red deer, the green ﬂower and the speaking river followed us In humility. Oh the old old note of the cricket, Blood blooming on the altarstone, And the cry of the lonely bird over the green silence of the pool.
And you Crusades, and glowing punishment Of the ﬂesh, purple fruits that fell to earth In the garden at dusk, where young and holy men walked, Enlisted men of war now, waking up out of wounds and dreams about stars. Oh the soft cornﬂowers of the night.
And you long ages of tranquillity and golden harvests, When as peaceful monks we pressed out the purple grapes; And around us the hill and forest shone strangely. The hunts for wild beasts, the castles, and at night, the rest, When man in his room sat thinking justice, And in noiseless prayer fought for the living head of God.
And this bitter hour of defeat, When we behold a stony face in the black waters. But radiating light, the lovers lift their silver eyelids: They are one body. Incense streams from rose- colored pillows And the sweet song of those risen from the dead.
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."