Plumfairy's Celtic Moments
Failte romhaibh go leir go dti mo leathanach
The Celtic people, and their ways & contributions to society, even now, are an important part of my life. I have studied everything that I could get my hands on, from their beginnings BC, to date. And, it's a thrilling history, indeed.
I found a structured society that was before it's time. A cauldron of inventors, they were, and are, a brave, yet sensitive people. I found deep intelligence, and artistic tendencies, an extreme sense of fairness and duty, a love of nature and science mixed tantalizingly with superstition and faith; and, above all, my roots, back to the beginning of this millenium!
So here, on this page, I would like to eventually share a plethora of Celtic tidbits! Though, because of space constraints, I will only be able to give outlines of some extremely interesting things which deserve much, much more. But, eventually, I will work with it, and do my best, so please come back as I add to this page!
For now, I would like to leave you with a poem that has an unusual story behind it; but I won't tell what it is until after you've read it!
I and Pangur Ban my cat
'Tis a like task we are at;
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.
Tis a merry thing to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.
'Gainst the wall he sets his eye,
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I,
All my little wisdom try.
So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban my cat and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.
That poem could apply to, or have been written by, any one of us; especially someone, such as myself,
who is both a lover of my pets, and a writer. It wasn't, however. It was tucked into a manuscript that was
written by an Irish scribe. That was at the time when so many there devoted their lives to copying books
of importance that had been destroyed almost completely, and were being lost to the world. Somewhere, amidst the laborious
task of replicating the Greek and Latin works, the author found time to write a sentiment about his cat
The century was 800 ~ 1200 years ago!!!!