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*Dreaming of Stones* is a new collection of poems written by Christine Valters Paintner and published by Paraclete Press.
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Soon after I wrote the poem below, I came to know of a wonderful musician named Simon de Voil, who is originally from Scotland and spent time on Iona, and now lives in Port Townsend, WA, not too far from where I used to live in Seattle. I fell in love with many of his songs – versions of Deep Peace (based on an old Celtic blessing), Be Still (that amazing psalm), and the Prayer of St. Francis. I shared with him some of my poems to see if he might be inspired to write a song based on one of them. It was a new experiment for me in collaboration with a musician. He was inspired by Gobnait’s story as well, felt a strong kinship to the deer which called to her, and ended up writing a song based on my poem (some lyrics are slightly adapted from the original). Now we have collaborated again with Luke Morgan to create a video journey through the song.
*St. Gobnait and the Place of Her Resurrection*
On the tiny limestone island
an angel buzzes to Gobnait
in a dream, disrupts her plans,
sends her in search of nine white deer.
She wanders for miles across
sea and land until at last
they appear and rather than
running toward them
she falls gently to wet ground,
sits in silence as light crawls across sky,
lets their long legs approach
and their soft, curious noses surround her.
Breathing slowly, she slides back
onto grass and clover and knows
nothing surpasses this moment,
a heaven of hooves and dew.
Is there a place for each of us,
where we no longer yearn to be elsewhere?
Where our work is to simply soften,
wait, and pay close attention?
She smiles as bees gather eagerly
around her too, wings humming softly
as they collect essence of wildflowers,
transmuting labor into gold.
---Christine Valters Paintner
(poem first published at Poetrystuff)
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