Feileacan na Péacóige (Irish Peacock Butterfly)

On Finding an Irish Peacock Butterfly on Croagh Patrick

(for Steve)

A fourth journey to Erin

My love as guide

Threading the needle of existence

Grace found

On Maigh Eo’s ancient sacred mountain of Celt and Christian

Rough stone path of pilgrim hardship

Nature turning tides at our feet

Stark splendor

Set soul and spirit free









On ascent in the mystical place

Overhead, a breathtaking


Scarlet – violet rainbow

Seasons of impending joy announced by

Frail and fragile fairy dust wings


Begging a dance

She pauses to drive the thought home

Perfectly still


Sits for a time


To meditate on sun warmed rock -

The creature’s only embrace?

Or simply trusting

Accepting in faith

The spirit capture

On the descent


As travel inevitably will

Filled up and overflowing

To contemplate

Our dream awake muse

Celebration of coming home


New life unfurling

We pause to warm ourselves

In a lover’s embrace

On stone

In brilliant sun

Breaking through cloud

© Alice McMahon White 2008

photo © Alice McMahon White 2008

Feileacan na Péacóige (Irish Peacock Butterfly)

Alice McMahon

Galena, United States

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Artist's Description

Written in about two hours, after waking with a head full of words. Please forgive the rawness, and the serious tone of this piece. The butterfly should teach lightheartedness and joy, and it did. The powerful and ethereal experience of the butterfly encounter two weeks ago in Ireland only took a moment, but changed my outlook on everything. So, I think it deserves a bit of weight in the telling. :-)

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