Kevin McManus is an award-winning author and poet from Carrigallen in Leitrim. He has published six novels and two collections of poetry: Spirits in the Forest and Songs of Better Days. All of his publications are available on Amazon.

Brigid’s day

On the feast of Brigid, Imbolg blessings,
the exalted goddess of healers and poets,
daughter of Dagda from the isle of Iona,
keeper of the flame,
protector of sacred wells.

The earth is slowly reawakening,
Brigid is envisaging Spring into life,
renewal, regrowth, rejuvenation,
green shoots pushing up through the frozen earth,
a swan on the morning lake of mist,
the lamb on the hill,
the cross of rushes.

The dawning of the light growing stronger every day,
the sap is rising, the life blood of nature,
Spring is closer.

A bell in the white morning

Nature is the temple of the soul,
Spirits dancing on the breeze,
With light in your eyes,
The pale sun in the sky,
The fox and the hare,
The whin and the rush
Beauty in the banal,
A bell in the white morning.