Josephine Kermode – To the Cushag’s friend
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Manx poet Josephine Kermode (1852–1937) was born C. Augusta J. Kermode, daughter of Rev William Kermode, Rector of Ballaugh and sister of P.M.C.Kermode. She never married, and for most of her life acted as housekeeper for her brother P.M.C.Kermode.
On his death, she retired to Bournemouth to live with her sister and is buried in Wimbourne. She actually adopted the name 'Cushag' eg Poems by Cushag Douglas: G & L Johnson 1907. The ragwort, under its Manx name Cushag, is the national flower of the Isle of Man.
According to one story King Orry chose as his emblem the cushag flower, as its twelve petals represent one of the isles of the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles: the Isle of Man, Arran, Bute, Islay, Jura, Mull, Iona, Eigg, Rum, Skye, Raasay, and the Outer Hebrides. [Wikipedia]
A lil oul' ghos' was used to go
About the roads an' to an' fro,
An' sighin' in a lonely place
With long coul' breath upon your face,
An' little shifty noises at him !
Close behind your footsteps, drat him;
The stick goin' twitchin' from your hen'
An' follerin' sobbin' if you ran.
Aw well, he never hurted me
A fair considerate ghos' was he.
A description of the experience
This performance by Bill Quine was delivered as a part of the event at Moorhouse Farm, Isle of Man, organised to announce the Manx Bard 2017. More information about the Manx Bard can be found on the Poetry Unlimited website: http://poetryunlimitediom.weebly.com/...
This film was created by Culture Vannin in 2017. Culture Vannin exists to promote and support all aspects of culture in the Isle of Man. www.culturevannin.im
The source of the experiencePoet other
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsBelieving in the spiritual world
Communing with nature
Ragwort - Jacobaea vulgaris, Senecio jacobaea