February poem for Earthweal: Time for Hope and Healing for the well being of all on earth

crag martins find a ledge to rest on at Castaño Del Robledo

Black cap in Castaño Del Robledo

Large peacock, full wings

February in Fuenteheridos

Breathe in, Breathe deep, its Imbolc* time

Bright skies beyond the blue bring warmth

To Southern earths where sap will rise

No snowdrops here brave bitter blasts

Wild hoops of rarest daffodils defy a different death

A peacock butterfly with wounded wing

Spread out to bathe upon a post

Did it feel the bite upon its wing?

Which hungry bird has lost its meal?

Burnished buzz of black on florets of pink.

Black cap birds peck at rotting fruit

Crag martins search for homes in holy walls.

All push back Winters’ cold short days

As Spring begins its hot embrace

And rain falls further and further away.

In that other place.

I have written this poem and chosen some of our February sightings around Fuenteheridos in the Sierra Aracena, Southern Spain. The mountains are around 500 to 600m above sea level and winters can be cold. The area has reasonable biodiversity and I hope it will add to the spirit of Earthweal’s aims to help us all connect more with nature.

  • Earthweal is a poetry forum dedicated to global witness of the Earth’s changing climate and its effect on daily life. Here is a place to report that news in the language of the dream, that we may more deeply appreciate the magnitude of those events. It is intended as a place for all related emotions—love and rage, grief and hope, myth and magic, laughter and ghost whistles—and belongs to the entire community of Earth as mediated by its human advocates.

Sarah Conner invites us to write seasonal poems and the first is inspired by Imbolc in February.

‘*Today, I want to think about * Imbolc. Traditionally celebrated at the start of February, Imbolc is a festival of new life and new beginnings. The name derives from “in the belly” — the first stirrings of life, seeds starting to sprout.’

I am also linking this to Dverse who as a bunch of great poets and their Mr Linky inspired me to play around and write poems publicly! And to Lillian who is hosting the OLN. I hope she and all of you can meet up soon with your families. A big Spanish Abrazos Fuerte to all.


Check out Dverse if you want to be inspired by a variety of prompts and poets.

54 thoughts on “February poem for Earthweal: Time for Hope and Healing for the well being of all on earth”

  1. Lovely poem! So eloquent!

    Incidentally, a variant of the original Celtic version of “Imbolc” translates as “ewe’s milk,” a reference to the births of lambs in this season, a traditional sign of renewal. Not exactly sure how all of that morphed to groundhogs, though, unless the reference relates to their coming out of their burrows. From the darkness of winter into the light of spring, maybe.

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  2. One other dVerse writer used the prompt from this site, and introduced me to the Imbolc festival. What a wonderful tradition. I love your post here and most especially these words:
    “A peacock butterfly with wounded wing
    Spread out to bathe upon a post
    Did it feel the bite upon its wing?”
    You have excellent imagery in this post.

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  3. Very nice – it made me fell all warm inside – which is no easy feat, here on a dark damp miserable looking night here in the UK, where the sky is low Spring has yet to think of springing! Thankyou…

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    1. Thanks, some past February photos and the crag martins seem to pass by and settle elsewhere as these walls are for the swifts that should be arriving soon. Some crag martins live in an old mosque nearby on a hill( from the time of the moors, 1400s) then converted into a church and hopefully now an abandoned sanctuary for the birds!

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  4. A warm welcome Georgina! It’s great to see that you have found both the dVerse Poets pub and earthweal. I think you are the first poet from Spain. Thank you for introducing me to your mountains and your kind of February, which is so different to ours in the UK:
    ‘No snowdrops here brave bitter blasts
    Wild hoops of rarest daffodils defy a different death’.
    What a contrast with your ‘peacock butterfly with wounded wing’, the ‘florets of pink’, the rotting fruit and spring’s ‘hot embrace’. I’m green with envy as we expect more snow this weekend. However, your colourful photographs have brightened up my morning.

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    1. Thanks, Kim but even though the sun is higher I still think the turn or rise of the sap is in February as the days get longer. But the weather changes and sometimes February is very grey and wet! Hope all is well for you in Norfolk and am very glad to find nature prompts with Earthweal.

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  5. The particulars of biodiversity are on abundant display as the whole turns toward spring. Thanks so for bringing this to earthweal. What we hope for is a global witness, with voices from so many places — adding yours here is a gentle yet lavish soak in Spanish countryside — so Wonderfull to have you here. – Brendan

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    1. Thank you Brendan, good to find you and I will look forward to more. One of the aims of my blog is to witness the wild world around this part of Spain. I am inspired to continue and join in with Earthweal.


  6. This is such a beautiful poem, so full of delicate images of nature carefully and skilfully woven. I lived in Southern Spain for 18 months but never visited this area. Now I wish I had!

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  7. How wonderful to have a poet from Spain join the conversation at earthweal. I loved reading your lines about the season where you are. Spain is such a beautiful country. I have a poet friend who lives in the clouds in Cantabria!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry, I am so happy to find this conversation as I was looking for ways to inspire me to continue. Navasola is in the south west in Andalucia in the mountain range of the Sierra Aracena. I would love to visit Cantabria where there are higher mountains and much more wild with some bears and wolves. (Iberian wolf)


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