The Imbolc Sonnet

As the women prepare baths
And the men start the bon fires
The floating rose pedal halves
Cold gives way to warm desires

Effigies of Brigid dressed in lace
To welcome in spring fertility
Blessed by Brigid in this place
There is an increase of virility

The seeds are thus planted
In advance of spring showers
While the goddess enchanted
Come spring comes flowers

The cold and dark near the close
As the bucks move in on the does