People come

People come

People come.
They come to say that they have been here,
to enjoy the bus ride across Mull,
to experience the ferry across the Sound.
People come to Iona.

People come.
They come to take photographs,
to walk and explore,
to try and spot the elusive corncrake.
People come to Iona.

People come.
They come to worship in the Abbey,
to connect with celtic spirituality,
to find inspiration for life and faith.
People come to Iona.

People come.
They come to light a candle,
to remember a loved one,
to fulfil a promise.
People come to Iona.

People come.
They come to live history,
to follow in the footsteps of Columba,
to take the Historic Scotland tour.
People come to Iona.

People come.
They come to the Iona Community’s programme,
to learn and to be stimulated,
to be challenged and changed.
People come to Iona.

People come.
They come to participate in the Community pilgrimage,
to make the journey that has been made for decades,
to be part of the legacy of George MacLeod.
People come to Iona.

People come,
They come to the hotels and retreat houses,
to find rest and restoration,
to get a perspective on their busy lives.
People come to Iona.

People come.
They come to imbibe a pagan past,
to stand at the intersection of ley lines,
to maximise spiritual and transcendental potential.
People come to Iona.

People will always come.
They will come to a place of beauty,
to a place with history,
to a place of spiritual significance and attraction.
People will always come to Iona.

© Jacky Bowers 2006