The Busy Witch: Harvest Verses

We’ve entered the harvest season, although for many of us still in the throes of summer heat, it doesn’t feel like it. Still, even in muggy North Carolina, there’s a crispness in the air that reminds me that fall is not far away. This is the start of my favorite season, and I wanted to share two devotional poems with you that I wrote years ago to celebrate the harvest. Whether you bake bread tonight or take a long walk in the sunshine, let fall fill your senses.

Bright blessings to you and yours as the wheel turns into another season!


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I invite you, stranger,
come break bread at my table.

It is fresh,
and the grain is good.

It will give you strength,
and you will bless my house
with your presence.

Come, stranger,
come and sit
and celebrate
the bounty of the harvest.

Do not forget, stranger,
to offer part of the rich brown loaf
back to the earth,
back to our mother.

We leave offerings
at the base of the grandfather oak,
there in the yard, see him standing there?

Here, stranger, make your offering
and then break bread
with us.

In Thanks
We have sown, we have tended,
we have grown, we have gathered,
we have reaped a good harvest.
Goddess, we thank you for your gifts.
God, we thank you for your bounty.
We are connected in this circle
of joy and thanksgiving.


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About Jen McConnel

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”). She is a poet, a novelist, and a goddess-centric witch with a love of all things magical. Her first nonfiction book, Goddess Spells for Busy Girls: Get Rich, Get Happy, Get Lucky, is now available from Weiser Books wherever books are sold. Check out her website (jenmcconnel.com) for more information.

  • Amanda

    so lovely, thanks so much for sharing! I really adore your poetry. =) I know exactly what you mean about the crispness! doesn’t it excite you?


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