Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Ring of Bright Otter


Today is dedicated to a book called "Ring of Bright Water". It's a story of a man and an otter in Scotland, along the coast. The title is taken from the following poem, which I had not read until today, but had to post.

He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water
Whose ripples travel from the heart of the sea,
He has married me with a ring of light, the glitter
Broadcast on the swift river.
He has married me with the sun's circle
Too dazzling to see, traced in summer sky.
He has crowned me with the wreath of white cloud
That gathers on the snowy summit of the mountain,
Ringed me round with the world-circling wind,
Bound me to the whirlwind's centre.
He has married me with the orbit of the moon
And with the boundless circle of stars,
With the orbits that measure years, months, days, and nights,
Set the tides flowing,
Command the winds to travel or be at rest.

At the ring's centre,
Spirit, or angel troubling the pool,
Causality not in nature,
Finger's touch that summons at a point, a moment
Stars and planets, life and light
Or gathers cloud about an apex of gold,
Transcedent touch of love summons my world into being.

27 comments:

Holly said...

Those otters are absolutely precious. And what a beautiful poem! Great post!

Anita said...

I have been absent for a while, but I'm back and caught up. You (plural) do wonderful work. Thanks for the day-brighteners!

Christine said...

Late post today, gals. Don't think we're not out here waiting and watching, cuz we are.

Your post today reminds me to add a book to my ever-growing list of things to read to my girls.

Thanks!

Christine said...

They're like little sour-puss faces saying, "Hmm!" They're really cute.

Christine said...

That one above was Maria.

button said...

Wonderful! I have a friend looking for a poem for her sister's wedding, she's offered 15 so far and been shot down by said sister! Who's the author, here? Is it the writer of the book?

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