Two of Swords


Two of Swords

Somewhere
between the cosmic ballgame
and zest &
harmony
between alkalinizing diets
and animal communication
between the intentional other-
focus and hypnotic
copy I seek
to write
a new story

Ghostly echoes
command:  Spin straw dogs
into
golden calves.
The language
of the heart –
authentic
simple
without agenda
as a wide-eyed
deer
a breaching
whale
a calving
glacier
ineluctably falls
to the gape-jawed
gleaming
maw of Moloch-
Mammon

Hope falls
belief fails
only
established
moneyed
Power
prevails.

Admit this
you know it
were bred to it
it festers
like cancer
in your bones

Shuddering
the echoes wrapping
like hands
around my throat
straitjacketing me
shrouded and bound
like Christos
self-portrait
before
resurrection psychodrama
rebirthing
from
lifelong
(past-life?)
nightmare

I have been
a good
girl –
losing myself
supporting
menswork –
loving
hopelessly –
bedding down
alone
after days
proclaiming
the work
of others,
deflecting the voice
of Spirit
in my soul –
ignoring
the shrouded
figure struggling
within

to break
free
struggling
to speak
beyond a guttural
strangled
smothered
croak

The voices of healers
urge
gentle midwifing –
the voices of ancestors
urge
woodland
contemplation
to coax it free –
the voice of conscience
urges
go forward
into the shadow – 
cease resistance
let down shields
witness
listen
open
to perceive
unguarded

knowing
that the gaping
maw
waits
only a breath
a heartbeat
a worldbeat
a whisper
of gathering
shining
wings
away

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2 responses to “Two of Swords

  1. Awesome! You have touched on a technique I have found to be very useful in my writing too: allowing the medium and possibilities of poetry to help me express all of the mounting thoughts and emotions coursing through me. I’ve learned, as I’m sure you have too, that the more poetry you write–even if just stream of conscious without (con)forming to any concrete style–the better you can express yourself in traditional prose form too. Don’t shy away from it, even if it’s less popular than your other writing. It serves you well! =)

    • Sean, thank you for your words…yes, poetry is a powerful way to sort out and understand (and deepen) a tangle of thoughts and feelings. Appreciation for your sharing…I’d love to see some of your poetry, also!

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