Here there are no clear lines-

then is now, now is then; dead, alive,

that world and this. All wrapped in the hiss

of heather and gorse, dun in secret moorland light,

under the West-wet clamour of a Celtic wind

and lead-lidded sky.




Polly Oliver (2018)

-image courtesy of the Caithness Broch Project


12 thoughts on “Thin Place

      1. Thanks for asking, Polly. Yep, been out for dinner last two nights, so unpacking is delayed. But, it will happen. Not much writing happening sadly. Not in ‘the zone’. I need to go to one of your thin places. I did really like that poem.

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  1. I love this Polly! Wales is such a very special and magical land. I feel so very lucky to live here. My wandering soul has found a home here in this thin place. It is truly magical and mystical and your words capture it, just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Thia! It’s very apparent from how much and eloquently you are writing that you have found soul-food here. Interesting how we can feel as if a place speaks to us, even when we have no history there. What do you think it is? Light? Geology? A kind of energy? There are a few places I can say that about in the world and I’m glad you are loving life!! Xx

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      1. I think it is, like most things in life, multifactorial. Maybe it’s about the shape of our soul, our unique gift-mix, personal history and inheritance and how that resonates with the memory of the land and the people who live and have lived there. Maybe this creates a kind of resonant frequency when we find the stillness to tune in. Maybe I feel like this because it is here that I’ve experienced my personal ‘rockbottom’ that becomes the door to a spiritual awakening. The light here is super special, that’s for sure! Xxx

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  2. Good to see you’ve got your priorities right Simon, the packing can wait! ☺️ I’m no expert but I understand that some Celtic beliefs incorporate the idea of ‘thin’ places, and times of the year (eg Samhain) where the boundaries between the ‘otherworld’ and ours are less distinct and easier to cross. Not sure it stands up to much scrutiny in any way, but there is certainly a very strong feeling you get in certain places in the Celtic fringes, usually high up and coastal such as the Penwith moors in Cornwall or the cliffs near Ramsay Island in Pembrokeshire. Interesting too that the early Celtic Christians were drawn to similar places eg Iona, loads of spots in Ireland. Cornwall is called Land of Saints and the word Llan in many Welsh places refers to a place a Saint set up shop for a while. Essay over!! Have a good time settling!


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