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Of the long, dark night

Published October 31, 2014 by ireneglasse

Tonight I will dress in the sable colors
of lengthening shadows
and the sands on the bottom of the hourglass
and the deep, cold earth
that will one day hold me forever

I will deck myself in my grandmother’s jewelry
and in strange moments I will smell her perfume
glimpse a flash of copper hair
and bright blue eyes
in the incense rising from the altar

Tonight the spirits in my blood
those bright, brave souls
who fought and loved and lived
and died
will dance

And I will feel the Wheel turn

I will feel the Wheel turn

And in the depths of night I will awaken
to cold air on my bare flesh
I will shiver
and nestle into the arms of my love
to breathe deeply and feel the warmth
of life
dancing with the shadow
in my grandmother’s jewelry

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Blessed Samhain!!

Published October 31, 2012 by ireneglasse
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More than shadows here tonight
Flicker in the firelight
More than echoes in the wind
More than breezes touch our skin

Draw them here across the Veil
Sing their praise and tell their tale
See the faces in the flames
Hear the voices, call the names

Pour libations to the ground
Fill the night with joyous sound
Stand before the fire bright
Hail the Dead this Samhain night

Pass the horn and sing the praise
Of those who walked in older days
Stand before the fire bright
Hail the Dead this Samhain night

Hail the Ancestors with me
Hail the Friends and Family
Hail the Spirits, Hail the Souls
Hail the night that makes us whole

They live in more than memory
The Veil so thin that we can see
The friends and loves that we long for
Are waiting on the other shore

Remember why we gather here
At the closing of the year
Stand before the fire bright
Hail the Dead this Samhain night

(excerpted from Samhain Night by yours truly)