St. Columba and the Undine
An Isle of dream and mystical being
St. Columba met an undine one day
As she appears crystal clear and then fading away
On and on as the spray of each wave
Breaks upon her form.†
St. Columba says to her,
I know of angels
For many visit me
Whenever I meditate
But of beings such as your self
I have no learning, no education, no knowledge
Tell me then, spirit of water and sea,
What is your essence
And the nature of your innermost being?
The undine replies as she gazes into his eyes,
The essence of my race
Is a love that flows without ever being lost
And gives all of itself in every moment.
St. Columba replies,
I do not know
If undines have souls
But the words you speak
Are ever so sweet
If such love flowed through me
I would be beyond human need,
My loneliness and anguish would dissolve.
On my journey to seek Godís face
I see there is a place
For your words and beauty
To dissolve the dark within my heart.
And from that day
St. Columba saw that the sea
Contained a great mystery
And that nature itself
Is part of Godís teachings.