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A druid stood on the shore of Ireland, and recited a poem.
The Celts had recently arrived in Ireland, and were preparing to battle the mythic race of the Tuatha de Danaan for the island. After calming a sea storm sent by the sorcery of the Tuatha De, Amhairgin, druid of the Celts, came ashore and recited a poem known as the Song of Amhairgin. This “poets boast” is a series of I am statements, such as: I am Wind on Sea, I am Hawk on Cliff, I am Roar of Sea, and more. This was followed by an incantation which invoked the land to provide an abundance of resources, what he called a “fishful sea.”
His verse could be a battle cry, a blessing, statements of oneness or domination, or the raving of a druidic ego gone wild. Considering the cultural worldview from which the story sprang, the meaning and symbolism of myth, the context of the poem, and the environmental crisis in which we find ourselves, it is ultimately a mythic celebration of a possible evolution in our relationship with nature. Continue reading