I thought I needed to write about my inspiration for my November painting that wouldn’t fit in the shop description and because I’ve had the haunting song in my head for days… for the full image, visit my shop.
Carrickfergus – The Witch of November and I
“I wish I was in Carrickfergus
Only for nights in Ballygrant
I would swim over the deepest ocean
The deepest ocean, my love to find
But the sea is wide and I cannot swim over
And neither have I wings to fly
If I could find me a handsome boatman
To ferry me over my love and I.”
~ Irish Ballad
I am wise beyond my years and this is revealed in my gaze.
The darkness represents my mystery, the light, my allure.
Intrigued, you come back for more.
The November Witch and I
will help you on your return home.
Fierce and barely tame, I speak the truth.
My passion keeps me driven, seeking, moving, living.
I busily prepare for the long winter ahead.
Resilient and persuasive.
Moody Novemberish rains.
Hold me and I will give you warmth,
While I melt in your arms.
~ Dear Laurel
My inspiration for this poem was from a hauntingly beautiful song and a surprise explanation about a Witch you hopefully haven’t come across…
I adapted this poem I wrote some time ago celebrating November born women to accompany my black and white illustration. The inspiration for both was a beautiful but haunting Irish ballad I have had in my head since I was a teenager to this day – Carrickfergus (or perhaps The Water is Wide) – the version in my head is beautifully sung by Bryan Ferry.
The reference to the Witch of November may not be what you might think, but it is perhaps a Witch you may not want to meet!
The Witch of November is a phrase relating to the strong gales that blow across the Great Lakes in the Fall when the Northern Canadian arctic air meets up with the warm air from the Gulf of Mexico. The November Witch can produce severe hurricane-like storms that can topple the strongest of ships, as Canadian folk singer, Gordon Lightfoot referenced in his famous song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I wanted to portray and celebrate strong, empowered women, to show even in the darkest of times, we stand tall with such power that we can even surprise ourselves, not to mention others. In that, lies the magical, mystical nature of a woman.