Flowers of Apotheosis
Dian Cécht did not like the cure given
to Núada’s arm by Miach’s great skills,
and so by Flora Miach was shriven
when Dian Cécht’s sword his skillful son kills.
Whatever the reason his life cut short
the grace of Flora over his form spills,
and transforms flesh to herb and bone to wort
and every drop of blood to shoots so sweet–
his life’s ending, and many more, to thwart.
What seemed cessation and death as defeat
was not so, for that which is cut grows back
and death fertilizes in soil of peat.
A god’s life and death fills in for a lack
even when it seems fullness is in place
and the chain of being falters, is slack…
the god’s body with healing filled the space
to win battles and flourish in the land,
though which herb was good for what left no trace:
taking the god himself to understand
the power to re-grow a severed hand.