Tinne / The Ingot

by Jenne Micale

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Jenne Micale

Tinne, whose name means "ingot," is all about technical skill and mastery; it invokes Brighid, the smith, in its way. Its initial line is a quote commonly attributed to the Anglo-Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

In dreams begin responsibilities,
the poet hammers, the blows echoing
through the damp halls of a benighted past.

He is dead now, and the words are deader.
The hammer still in the forge, the anvil
furred and silvered with dust. All fool's gold now.

Or are you, then? Perhaps hidden under
a crust of charcoal lies the ingot, soft
and flaming. Fire waits for you to stoke it.

The coals wait for your breath. Not machine, no --
let your lungs be the bellows, the midwife.
Let your sweat be the ink that writes the world.

Your will, the hammer arcing down, thunder
itself. Your mind, the anvil that cannot
be moved. The ingot is what you make it.

An axle that turns the galaxy's wheel.
The flat ice of a thirsty blade, singing
its want to the dissolving forge. A crown --

Or something more simple. A holly bough,
a gift of green in the heart of winter,
berries as red as the forge.

A starling among its spikes, claws balanced and light,
as the Milky Way wanders in its feathers.
You are the master, the smith and the fire.

Rise, then. The fire waits for you to stoke it.
The anvil awaits your choices. Go now.
In dreams begin responsibilities.

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About Jenne Micale

Jenne Micale is a writer, singer, priestess and musician whose endeavors include the ethereal/wyrd music project Kwannon and, in former times, the wyrd folk band Belladonna Bouquet. A member of the Henge of Keltria and Keltrian initiate, she also has had work published in "Talking About the Elephant: An Anthology of Neopagan Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation," "To Fly By Night: The Craft of the Hedgewitch" and "Brighid and Me: Experiences with the Goddess," as well as the forthcoming poetry anthology "Mandragora." You can find out more at www.kwannon.net or read her Druidic musings at whitecatgrove.wordpress.com.

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