Poem of the Week: St. Gobnait and the Place of Her Resurrection

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St. Gobnait and the Place of Her Resurrection

On the tiny limestone island
an angel buzzes to Gobnait
in a dream, disrupts her plans,
sends her in search of nine white deer.

She wanders for miles across
sea and land until at last
they appear and rather than
running toward them

she falls gently to wet ground,
sits in silence as light crawls across sky,
lets their long legs approach
and their soft, curious noses surround her.

Breathing slowly, she slides back
onto grass and clover and knows
nothing surpasses this moment,
a heaven of hooves and dew.

Is there a place for each of us,
where we no longer yearn to be elsewhere?
Where our work is to simply soften,
wait, and pay close attention?

She smiles as bees gather eagerly
around her too, wings humming softly
as they collect essence of wildflowers,
transmuting labor into gold.

The feast day of St. Gobnait is 12 February.


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Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner is an American poet and writer living in Ireland and the author of nine books of nonfiction on monastic spirituality, creative process, and contemplative practice. Her writing has appeared in a variety of journals including Weavings, Presence, The Way, and the American Benedictine Review. She has been shortlisted twice for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition.

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