30 Days of Hymns, the Sacred Triad, Brighid #4: prophecy

Hail to thee, Brighid
in your honor I light the flame
kindle it close
keep it licking at the edges
of my mind
so I may see the future
without burning up

Let your fire protect me
from the flames of folly
the sting of hubris
let me fill up with your flame
and when I open my mouth to speak
let your voice spill forth

Let me bring your words
to a weary populace

I sit in front of the flame
and watch it endlessly
waiting for your message
to burst forth where blue fades into orange
From this riot of colors will I know
the shape of things to come
and when all has burned away
the tatters of my clothes lost in the wind
my skin smeared with ash and soot
the fire in me gone out

I will walk barefoot
to your sacred spring
I will submerge my fire-kissed flesh
I will let the water heal me
and when I open my eyes
beneath the surface
let me see your face
in a tangle of reeds and rocks

teach me, Fire Eater, Fire Maker
teach me to see what unfolds
teach me to speak the truth
teach me
without madness
teach me
to speak
with kindness

fires within me
fires around me
fires below me
teach me to see
faces in the flames
burn away the sickness
and leave me with clarity

Hail, Brighid
Keeper of the Future
let me keep your light burning
that we may find our way
into the great unknown.

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30 Days of Hymns, the Sacred Triad, Brighid #3: protection

Hail to Brighid,
Iron Queen of the Forge
Lady of the Green Isle
Protector of your people
let me be clothed in your mantle
let gentle green waves rest upon my shoulders
no arrow shall pierce me
no sword shall cut me down
no cruel words shall break me
I remain protected by thy crown
let your mantle cover me, O Brighid
keep my heart whole
let it hide me from darkness
and from harsh search lights
cloak me in invisibility
let me walk sight unseen
among those who would harm me
let it keep me hale
let it warm me from head to tail
and while I am so protected, Iron Lady of Spark and Flame
Queen of Hammer and Anvil
teach me to craft mantle and mail of my own
that I may lay it upon my own charges
let no arrow pierce them
nor sword cut them down
let no snake bite them
nor no darkness slither inside and defeat them
let their hearts remain whole
their spirits hale
teach me the secrets of your craft, Lady of the Green Mantle
teach me to hammer love into armor
teach me how to guard those that need it the most
Hail to you, Brighid
Iron Lady of the Iron Forge
Outfitter to Warriors
and those
just fighting
to survive.

30 Days of Hymns: The Sacred Triad

30 Days of Hymns, the Sacred Triad, Brighid #2: Queer Lady Love

Hail Brighid
Priestess to Yourself
Sainted in Mortal Death
Abbess & nun
woman & goddess
lover & loved
Hail to you and your anam cara
Holy Darlughdach
so joined in love
she followed you
into the afterlife
after a year in your absence
Hail Darlughdach
lover to Brighid
voice of the divine hidden in mundane life
bringer of messages to your love
keeper of the flame
both in the abbey
and your love’s heart
Hail, Brighid and Darlughdach
may your love light the way
may we allow ourselves
to live in love as you once did
may we find, in our short mortal lives
soul friends
anam cara
a love that goes beyond the physical
and through that love, may we find
some small piece of immortality
hearts aflame,
hail to the loves, Brighid and Darlughdach
guardians to those who love
all odds

30 Days of Hymns: The Sacred Triad