How The Woman Alone Brought Rain To The Island, by pd lyons

Back in the early 90’s  was fortunate enough to spend some time in & around Hawaii. This piece comes from that time. It was published in a little chap-book by Lapwing Press. It was the first time a book of my poetry was published. I will always be  extra grateful to Denis Grieg, the editor – because of him my Dad got to see my work in book form. That it was an Irish publisher just made it even better for him.


mix media by morgan lyons

mix media by morgan lyons


What if the Rainbow Hunters

Reached down to her,

There in the crevice of fresh water.

Wouldn’t their grass wrapped hands

Protect her?

And the children,

What if they stood by her

In the crevice of clear water.

Couldn’t their songs disguise her?

What about the crazy ones?

What if they ran in mixed up circles around her

There by the crevice of fresh water.

Wouldn’t their waggling red hairs

Conceal her?

And the High Priest,

What if he were to return, fulfill the ancient legend,

Blessing her

There in the crevice of clear water.

Wouldn’t his centuries of prayers

Absolve her

From the wrath,

From the armed bow wrath.

From the arrow,

From the pinning arrow,

Of the warrior,

Of the sun.



from: Searches For Magic by PD Lyons, Belfast Lapwing, 2001,

ISBN 1 898472 59 9

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  • Donna J Snyder  On February 27, 2015 at 4:36 am

    It’s very beautiful. I need to get done of your books. Remind me how. U can post links on my FB page of you like and I’ll share, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  • pdlyons  On August 17, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Pdlyons's Weblog.


  • Donna J Snyder  On August 17, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I had forgotten this poem. It reminds me of my years in NavaJoland, extremely productive, gruelling, happy years, although I did not know yet that I was a writer. I also did not realize I was attractive, but that’s another story.

    How do I buy your books.


    • pdlyons  On August 20, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      about the books – Lapwing Belfast have published two books for me. one a chapbook searches for magic nd another a 64 page called Caribu & Sister stones may be ordered direct from them as paper or ebook. Myths of Multiplicity is published by erbacce-press a writers cooperative in UK. Any of my books ordered through them will directly benefit to co-op. you should consider sending work to Lapwing they are a poetry only press accepting work from around the world. Dennis Grieg has always been a true friend of the poet. Also eracce has an annual book publishing contest for poetry that is free to enter. there are also other opportunities on amazon and lulu .com.


      • pdlyons  On August 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

        i have messaged you privately with more info


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