Tunes for a Monday Morning: Going to the birds
In the Word Wood

A quiet morning in the studio

Rainbow 1

Bird Girl by Terri WindlingSong of the Sky Loom

an ancient Tewa prayer/poem

Oh Mother Earth, oh Father Sky,
Your children are we all.
With tired backs we bring you song,
we bring you the gifts you love.

May the warp be the white light of the morning.
May the weft be the red light of evening.
May the fringes be the falling rain.
May the border be the standing rainbow.
Weave for us this bright garment
that we may walk where birds sing
and animals raise their young,
where water flows
and grass is green.

Oh Mother the Earth, oh Father the Sky,
your children are we all.


The Deer's Cry
an extract from an ancient Celtic prayer/poem

Robin, photographed by Derek Stackey for Devon BirdsI arise today
through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

A birdchild from my sketchbook
Rainbow over Chagford Commons

Studio 4The Tewa prayer comes from Songs of the Tewa, edited by Herbert J. Spinden; the Celtic prayer and the passage in the picture captions comes from Anam Cara by John O'Donohue. The later prayer is translated by Kuno Meyer. The robin was photographed by Derek Stacey for Devon Birds. The other photographs are of an early morning rainbow arched over our house, viewed from my studio on the hill behind; and Tilly in her usual spot on the studio sofa as the day begins. The "Bird Girl" and "Bird Boy" drawings are from my sketchbooks.


I love these beautiful prayers. And the photo of your view makes me imagine your studio as a magical den atop a dreaming old hill, on the far side of the rainbow.

Beautiful illustrations also - such delicacy and sweetness. I love the tenderness seen in the eyes, the mouth, the hands of the latter faery, it really captures the gentle openness of a child's spirit.

"A sound arises out of the earth -
a singing, a friendliness."

(Cedric Wright - wilderness photographer, fiddle player & poet)

I recently heard John O'Donohue on a radio rebroadcast, so I heard your quotes in his lovely voice. In the rebroadcast, he said something that is still shaking my heart: "There is a place in you that has never been wounded." [O'Donohue said he had it from Meister Eckhart.]

Morning Prayer sharing:

The mountains, I become a part of it...
The herbs, the fir tree, I become a part of it.
The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters,
I become a part of it.
The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen...
I become a part of it.
And so it is. - Navajo Prayer

I feel blessed, graced. Thank you, Terri and Tilly, and all who share here.

Lovely. And what a rainbow! Breathtaking.

Is there a way to subscribe to your blog to get your posts directly to email?


Not at the moment, but I'll do some investigating and see if Typepad (the blogging platform I use) has that capability.

Thank you so much, everyone.

Thanks! I recently discovered your blog and your posts are a delight to read. I am definitely caught up in the overflow of new things discovered online so sometimes it is difficult for me to remember to check things. But, I will most certainly make it a point to check here often. Also, your post today about the print in the word wood---I found that painting a few months back and was struck by how lovely it was and it filled me with a great deal of wistfulness. It seems very appropriate that now I found the inspiration and feel equally intrigued by your posts! I look forward to continued readings.

I put links to the daily posts on both Twitter and Facebook, if that helps, because a lot of readers come to them that way. On Twitter, I'm at @terriwindling. On Facebook, I'm listed under my married family name, Terri Windling-Gayton, and anyone who reads Myth & Moor is welcome to send a friend request.

Lovely, I just sent you a message on Facebook (Ashley Nunez) but I couldn't send a request. The message will pop up in your Other folder. :) Thank you for the info!

Love your sketches and that room that Tilly is in is beautiful - cozy- wonderful. Quick look at your blog here - and i really like it.

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