Gabriel Ertsgaard 



I found an earth-brown pool
high up on holy Iona,
and the wind whipped across its surface
like in Genesis.

I remembered something I’d once read
about a sacred spring:

Drink once to find your way home.
Drink twice to remember what has passed.
Drink thrice to become a bard.

So I dipped my hand three times
and drank.





Gabriel Ertsgaard has served on the English faculties of Caldwell University and Wenzhou-Kean University. He earned his D.Litt. from Drew University with a dissertation on environmental themes in the legend of Saint Brendan’s voyage.He can be reached at