The element of air in this Celtic art series
is often represented by a long-necked bird
seen taking and giving flight
to the dancer, house, horse, turtle, bear, stag, hare, dragon…
This heron is friend not family to the crane,
carrying a story from Romano Celtic imagery in 1st c. AD
of 3 cranes, a bull and willow as the Tree of Life
being chopped by a wood cutter
perhaps as an allegory of winter.
The cranes become the soul of the tree
released after its death.
This heron is waiting.
Standing in the watery depths,
with feet like the roots of the willow
its Tree of Life companion at the river’s edge
steadfast to the demands
of the ever changing, flowing water.
This heron is waiting
and fishing for the days when we can gather
with our music, dance, storytelling, and artful craft
to swallow this festival whole once again.