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« Topic Start: March 19, 2007, 11:31:55 am »

Do you write prayers, hymns, etc. to the deities you honor?  If so, do you have any particular method or structure you usually use, or do you just use whatever you're inspired to say?
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« Reply #1: March 19, 2007, 12:26:59 pm »

Do you write prayers, hymns, etc. to the deities you honor?  If so, do you have any particular method or structure you usually use, or do you just use whatever you're inspired to say?

This is something I'm trying to work on. I really want to write prayers and such for my deities, but prayers and such always seemed very poetic to me, and well...I'm really, really bad at poetry. Really bad. I think I need to dig up some deity-related poetry and just read a lot of it, and maybe that'll help. Undecided
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« Reply #2: March 19, 2007, 09:23:09 pm »

This is something I'm trying to work on. I really want to write prayers and such for my deities, but prayers and such always seemed very poetic to me, and well...I'm really, really bad at poetry. Really bad. I think I need to dig up some deity-related poetry and just read a lot of it, and maybe that'll help. Undecided

Poetry doesn't have to rhyme Juni, remember that.

Usually, I write free verse, but I've been using an Irish form. Using the last 2 words of a stanza to start the next stanza. It's working really well.

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« Reply #3: March 19, 2007, 09:24:13 pm »

Usually, I write free verse, but I've been using an Irish form. Using the last 2 words of a stanza to start the next stanza. It's working really well.

Phouka,

Could you describe this form more fully, please?
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« Reply #4: March 19, 2007, 09:37:58 pm »

Phouka,

Could you describe this form more fully, please?

I can't explain it very well, but I can demonstrate it with a praise poem I wrote to Macha. In it I only used the last word of the previous stanza.

Here goes:

Macha

Warrior Goddess
Battle Raven
Eater of the Dead,
Macha.

Macha, Your siren call echoes
In the heads and souls of men,
Clouding their spirits and minds
With thoughts of War and Blood.

War and Blood call them to You,
They throw their lives at Your Feet,
Feeding Your lust for
Death, Pain & Blood.

Death, Pain & Blood sate Your appetite
Stretch forth Your Hand and
Life blooms from the bloodfed
Land, unbridled.

Unbridled, Life comes forth
In a rush of blood and pain
The birth of Life, as always,
Rises from Battle's Queen - Macha!

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« Reply #5: March 19, 2007, 10:08:13 pm »

I can't explain it very well, but I can demonstrate it with a praise poem I wrote to Macha. In it I only used the last word of the previous stanza.

Very cool!  And an interesting form of poetry.  I've NEVER been a poet, but am starting to feel little poetic rumblings every now and then.  This might be a form even unpoetic I could work with.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful verse.
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« Reply #6: March 19, 2007, 10:11:29 pm »

Very cool!  And an interesting form of poetry.  I've NEVER been a poet, but am starting to feel little poetic rumblings every now and then.  This might be a form even unpoetic I could work with.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful verse.

You're welcome. Actually, I think this is the first time I've ever posted anything I've written to TC.

I wrote this at work if you can believe it, during my lunch, along with another...but it isn't the same style.

I'm glad you liked it.

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« Reply #7: March 19, 2007, 10:12:36 pm »

You're welcome. Actually, I think this is the first time I've ever posted anything I've written to TC.

I wrote this at work if you can believe it, during my lunch, along with another...but it isn't the same style.

I'm glad you liked it.

Phouka (blushing)

Well, you should post more of your writing!  And without the blushing. Smiley
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« Reply #8: March 19, 2007, 10:14:18 pm »

Well, you should post more of your writing!  And without the blushing. Smiley

I write alot of stuff, but I've never really been comfortable showing it to folks...but I couldn't explain what I meant.

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« Reply #9: March 19, 2007, 10:15:13 pm »

Do you write prayers, hymns, etc. to the deities you honor?  If so, do you have any particular method or structure you usually use, or do you just use whatever you're inspired to say?

I've been known to write prayers in poem form to the Gods and Goddesses before. I don't do it very often but once in a while, I get visited by my muse and end up with the first two lines or so running thru my head. I think about those two lines quite often until, all of a sudden, I'm able to sit down with pen in hand and write out the rest of the prayer.

Unfortunately, I'm not at liberty to share those prayers with ya'll because, while *I* wrote them, they're not mine to share as I've written them for others.  However, I can share with you the first two lines of the most recent one I wrote:

Lady Bridget of the Mantle bright,
I come to you for help tonight
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« Reply #10: March 19, 2007, 11:42:21 pm »

I've written a few prayers and poems to Morrigu, one I'm particularly fond of is the "Warrior's Prayer":

Beautiful Mother great and strong, lend to me your courage and your strength. Guide me so that I may act always in your service. Help me to prepare myself for my destiny. Let me have the wisdom to choose my battles well, and to remember to fight only for the love of my cause, never for the hatred of my enemies. Help me to heal those around me and use the gifts you have given me in order to achieve my purpose. Show me the secrets that life and death hold, and the gift of judgment, that I may use them in Your service. Above all, Great Lady, help me to live my life with honor and courage, never forgetting my duty and valuing loyalty in all things.

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« Reply #11: March 27, 2007, 07:36:02 pm »

I've written two poems that could be construed as religious, and that I had some sort of religious thought as I wrote them.  I'll share them.

Open Heart

I walk through the streets of
This little town I call home
In the flesh I walk alone
But in my heart, alone I cannot be.

My friends sing in my breath,
My love sings in my heartbeat,
My family sings in my step,
My gods sing in my soul.

My voice sings out in a croon,
Carrying my hope, my dream, my love
To all that I love, alive or dead,
Flesh or spirit, mortal or divine.

The open heart is never alone.

[Jorgath], January 2007

Prayer to the Muse

Sing, Goddess, sing of pride,
of the pride of blind singers,
those who speak with your voice,
those who tell the immortal tales
yet remain mortal in their flesh.
Sing of pain, of suffering, of
true understanding. Sing of hope,
of despair, of destruction and renewal.
Sing of the deathless gods, sing
of children dead in the womb.
Sing truth, sing deceit, sing
of young and old. Sing songs.

Speak, Goddess, speak poetry.
Speak rhythm and rhyme, speak
fire and invention, speak of
love and battle and hatred and
treachery, speak of kings and
slaves, queens and whores, speak
of bands of brothers and roads less
traveled and snowy woods and
Hyperion's flight and flare.
Speak imagination, speak reality,
speak of their blurred line. Speak words,
and lie, for all words are lies.

Dream, O Muse, dream of inspiration,
dream of the dreamers and cause
them to dream. Enter men's dreams,
beguile and inspire them, make them
dream of war and peace and truth.
Make their dreams of fire and ice
and wonderlands, walruses and
carpenters, Sirens and Cyclopses,
firebirds and dragons and the cliffs
shining alabaster at Dover, of starry nights,
of the silver seas, the death of worlds,
the birth of gods. Dream of dreams.

And weep, Goddess, weep fiery tears.
Weep for the pain of the world,
for innocence lost. Weep for Achilles,
who chose glory and death. Weep for Cain,
who slew his brother in jealous rage.
Weep for Camelot, for Atlantis, for Ilium.
Weep for Arcadia, for Avalon, weep for
Keats, dead before his poems ended, for the
dreams that have died, unmade, to man's
disbelieving minds and skeptical eyes.
Weep for the loss of invention, the
fall of inspiration, and the death of poetry.

[Jorgath], October 2005
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« Reply #12: March 28, 2007, 03:02:27 pm »

Do you write prayers, hymns, etc. to the deities you honor?  If so, do you have any particular method or structure you usually use, or do you just use whatever you're inspired to say?

I am wowwed by what I've read in this thread. Some great stuff!

I often wear a ring that I had made many years ago, with the sigils for my gods inscribed on it. As part of its consecration, I wrote a rhyme that invokes those gods and alludes to the relationship between them, the world, and myself that the ring symbolizes. I deliberately kept the rhyme simple so that it would be easy to remember, so that it could be used almost like a mantra.

To write it, I borrowed the rhythm from Tolkein; I figured since it was an invocation for a ring, as a source he was a natural. But more importantly, when I had read The Lord of the Rings as a youngster, that poem about the rings had blazed itself in my memory; I wanted to exploit the deep associations of awe and mystery that poem inspired for me, but without the connotations of evil.

Whenever I'm struck by the wonders of our universe, I find myself mentally offering up the rhyme I wrote, so at least from a personal standpoint the effort was successful. Otherwise, I generally suck at poetry.
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« Reply #13: April 13, 2007, 10:38:25 pm »

Do you write prayers, hymns, etc. to the deities you honor?  If so, do you have any particular method or structure you usually use, or do you just use whatever you're inspired to say?

Here's a poem...

Polyhymnia Fades

She had such a sad face, the one who was
taken for granted
What was she to do once she had served her purpose?
So she retreats and returns,
obliging when called again to sing
the Glories of other Gods her own
name fades from presence her task
complete, her words preserved in the cover
of the work of a mere mortal- he never knew what
it cost her to always remember the others,
never to be remembered as one Herself
lost in the shadows of the Others
forgotten again, she fades away.




And this is an invocation to Airmid that I wrote this past Lughnassagh:

Airmid, sweet Goddess of green herbs
Lady of tireless patience and healing,
I call to you now to join us
And celebrate this festival.
Oh sister of Miach
The herbs have been counted
And they have been named
Come to our Grove this evening
We ask your presence to unlock
These gates between the worlds and watch them
And once more
We honor the ways of our following




And this one to Belenus from last year at Beltane:  (I performed this invocation while spinning a lit firestaff)

I call to the bright and shining God Of Fire,
Brilliant Ruler of the Sun that shines warm on our faces
Belenus Apollo, Lord of Healing at St Sabine's sanctuary
Who is also called Bel
This evening we celebrate your feast
We ask you to be present among us
That we may praise you
That you may light our days
That we may exalt you
That you may impart wisdom
And incite the flames of our spirits
As we bask in your rays
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« Reply #14: April 14, 2007, 10:38:36 am »

Prayer to the Muse

Sing, Goddess, sing of pride,
of the pride of blind singers,
those who speak with your voice,
those who tell the immortal tales
yet remain mortal in their flesh.
Sing of pain, of suffering, of
true understanding. Sing of hope,
of despair, of destruction and renewal.
Sing of the deathless gods, sing
of children dead in the womb.
Sing truth, sing deceit, sing
of young and old. Sing songs.

Speak, Goddess, speak poetry.
Speak rhythm and rhyme, speak
fire and invention, speak of
love and battle and hatred and
treachery, speak of kings and
slaves, queens and whores, speak
of bands of brothers and roads less
traveled and snowy woods and
Hyperion's flight and flare.
Speak imagination, speak reality,
speak of their blurred line. Speak words,
and lie, for all words are lies.

Dream, O Muse, dream of inspiration,
dream of the dreamers and cause
them to dream. Enter men's dreams,
beguile and inspire them, make them
dream of war and peace and truth.
Make their dreams of fire and ice
and wonderlands, walruses and
carpenters, Sirens and Cyclopses,
firebirds and dragons and the cliffs
shining alabaster at Dover, of starry nights,
of the silver seas, the death of worlds,
the birth of gods. Dream of dreams.

And weep, Goddess, weep fiery tears.
Weep for the pain of the world,
for innocence lost. Weep for Achilles,
who chose glory and death. Weep for Cain,
who slew his brother in jealous rage.
Weep for Camelot, for Atlantis, for Ilium.
Weep for Arcadia, for Avalon, weep for
Keats, dead before his poems ended, for the
dreams that have died, unmade, to man's
disbelieving minds and skeptical eyes.
Weep for the loss of invention, the
fall of inspiration, and the death of poetry.

[Jorgath], October 2005


I really like this, Jorgath.  Thanks for sharing. Smiley
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