As well as performing as a Bard, Jo Waterworth, Rachael Clyne and I work together as Strange Sisters. I’ve been working with Jo and Rachael for a couple of years now and it’s been a magical and challenging experience working with such talented poets. We collaborate over a period of months to produce one of our performances. I am amazed by the way our work weaves together to create something greater than the sum of its parts – a song in three voices.
In these Great Turning Times, it is the role of the poet to reflect to us all the realities around us. ‘Acclimatising’ is an exploration of our responses to climate change and transition and the video ‘Strange Sisters say it for the planet’ is a selection from the Acclimatising set. As we say in the booklet of the poems we’ve self-published (you can order this by contacting me), “We attempt through our poetry to take you on a journey through the fears, resistances and the courage to the visions of hope that will sustain us”.
Already it is a happier winter
As yet unlived,
Turning leaves betokening the great wheel’s
Turning in anticipation of rain and dark
And morning’s waking to the icy touch of air
Before I light the fire.
Already this winter promises gatherings,
Circles of friendly faces,
As we three witches tonight
Stirred up the caldron of memory
With scissors, paper, stone.
Spinning the threads,
Gathering up fragments of ourselves,
And offering them as delicacies
For each other’s delectation.
Swirling, shaping, sharing,
Celebrating the spells we’re weaving.
Oh yes this is a happier winter
Than others I have known.
All my mourning one year on:
Softer, quieter, no longer stormy,
Tearing, ripping, slashing,
Violent. This winter I will gather
The shards left over,
Fashion them in form,
Piece myself together
An offering to the Goddess,
A gift to share with others.