SONG OF THE OX
Kate Moore will walk through four countries The Netherlands, England, Wales, Ireland following four rivers that cross the east to west line The Maas, The Thames, The Severn, The Lee to the west most point in Ireland. From there in the direction of Dublin she will end the journey in Kildare 2 February 2020, the beginning of the Celtic spring festival of Imbolc and the day of the Goddess Brigid who shares the celebration with the saint of the same name. Moore draws a red thread, walking in a straight line as the crow flies, from east to west, following the sun, through places whose name refers to oxen or Brigid, stitching together four countries of her ancestors, and casting an emergency line to connect to people, to the land and The Environment. She is walking for Peace. The path of her journey is eternalised and recounted through music, where the rivers and the land become the musical score.
The Song of the Ox
A river is an artery,
a bloodline that provides sustenance
between places, people, wildlife,
land and nature.
A river is the circulatory system of the land.
It is an orchestration
of abundance and resourcefulness,
and as we drink,
the rivers become connected
to the waters of our body,
the waters of our birth returning to earth,
where our ancestors silently await our return.
A river is a pathway through time,
Because all life passes from birth to death,
and yet the flow of the river remains constant.
Where a river is born,
The Earthen Mother presides over
the sweet waters of the well-spring,
healing and inspiring the fire of creativity.
Her knowledge, wisdom and memory
is the toolbox for poets, artists and musicians
and her prophetic journey though hills and forests
is pure song and the spirit of the wind.
Her devoted and loyal protector is the Ox
a gentle, beast of burden,
a path finder who follows hidden waterways
in a straight line
travelling in the direction of the sun
setting off at the beginning of time,
is in search of her
to the end of the world.