Ritual

 
 
 
Ritual gives form to meaning
(every wiseman’s son doth know).
Every act from which we’re gleaning,
Every sack that we must sow
Gives rise to tides that make us wise;
Gives humor chance for binding wounds.
Does good these ancient weary eyes
To dance abandoned round the moon.
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Eclipse Scrying

 
 
 
 
 
Where’s the fun
in hiding in the eye
of the hurricane?
I want to be bodysurfing
the storm,
madly dancing in the rain,
cast off from restrictive form …
I want to taste sweet grapes
break crisply;
Embark on a journey of ecstasy
to be all I have
thought to be;
yet safely reside
in a place deep inside
away from the prying norm.
I want romance in the sense of
sensation inviting and free.
I want a chance to believe in magic.
And I want what I want to be
crazily in love with me.
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Knee Bends

 
 
 
 
 
I ask occluded river
“Where will your running take me?
What magic destiny can I claim?”
River seems to laugh:
“If it’s destiny, you have no say.”
Today I speak with rivers,
sing to trees as if a separate wind.
Imagine thoughts of birds a’ground,
flying from the sound my voice brings in
to their world.
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Green Magic

 
 
 
 
 
Ancient prototypes etched into collective retina.
Vast vegetation, expansive cure for distressed
neural cells.
Casting outward.  Hope for connection
to sacred ground, profoundly real.
Reborn to forest,
nurtured in nativity.
Green, deep healing green.
 
Fear is a thrill.
Rush anticipation of danger.
Piquant romance with what might kill or maim
or carry dread.
Warnings fill imploding head; adrenalin syncopates heart.
Fear, a crossroad to start from,
then taunting groves to hide behind.
Fear can dazzle, delay, explain years of wasted time.
 
Any sufficiently
advanced efficiency of
chemistry, natural
technology, exchange of toxic breath for
benign symbiotic ecology.
(No college degree could assure
so lush a life.)
So sad that we only see what we expect.
Trained to tragedy, to forget the best
that could be manifest.
 
Sagacious find a quiet relaxed pace.
Days drift and wander.
Daring to explore pleasure, infinite awareness.
Leisurely share what feels genial, good, light.
Engage.
 
 
sane endocrine bath
tranquil electricity
synapses smile
 
Happiness –
Captivatingly fleeting, unexpected as
coming upon a gorgeous serenity that abruptly halts
all complaint; enraptured —
so in love with this moment.
Vital we know, hold consciousness,
“It’s possible!”  This bliss experience.
Glorious, revels to carry through
lean days between.
More than possible, a commonality, even in response
to simple stimuli, gentle release
despite pervasive pestilence, terror,
boredom, defeat.
I want this for you, my close associate: to feel sheer presence
a joyful Wow!;
or how could I be
vicariously
happy?
 
 
Lazy Bella turns, laughs, waves:
“Enjoy the journey.”
Squanders hours, shamelessly
wanders unfazed.
 
Lazy Bella laughs, turns to wave:
“Enjoy your show.”
Squanders hours, brain wanders
focused on fun.
 
Lazy Lucy (in the sky) —
villain exemplified:
self-indulgent, stupefied, unreliable.
Can’t deny your lesser nature.
Only anti-establishmentarians deify ideals distasteful,
so wasteful of divine effulgence.
He desires us industrious, servile.
Less than full attendance reviled.  Why?
Abhor the concept of free ride.
Have you no pride?  Bugs beneath consideration.
Indigence defaults to sin, sad outcast.
 
Postulation: We need more laziness.
Too lazy to bother with evil.
Too lazy to interfere with people
being people.
Too lazy to prevaricate, shill for hate,
devastate innocent civilians
to elevate noblesse cause.
Too lazy to legislate excessive laws.
Too lazy to project self-flagellator flaws, to bother
to pretend to perfection.
Pleasant respect for nonproductive hours of blissful
reflection, extending perception,
delicious play under sun, merry rain, laughing clouds.
Praise laziness as ours.
No shame allowed.
Attention shift from factious plastic toys
to sensate enjoyment.
 
 
value exchange
first level rewards
encouragement, applause
celebration, recreation
respectful regard
creative collaboration
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Serenade

 
 
 
 
In my jewel-encrusted cage, two songbirds sing, but not in harmony.
Solemn dirges and shrieking accusations
keep me from sleep or silent contemplation.
Why not let them fly free?
They will not leave.
They know not how to live out of captivity,
in a land of icy stares and treeless streets.
They shriek and cry, and I, I know no solace for we three.
We feed on stale crusts, dipped in champagne
so bubbly.
There’s not much else to say.
In these sleepless hours
I learn new dancesteps
timed to familiar refrains.
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We Didn’t Know

 
 
 
 
 
Efficient development requires deprivement.
No profit, no playground to feel alive in.
Those few groomed for career cheer, mocking:
“Can’t you hear; that’s freedom knocking.”
“Work for rent, or stay in school, dude.”
You get no cake for being a loser.
Orwell warned “Big Brother is watching.”
We didn’t know he meant on you-tube.
 
We didn’t know our life was a crime.
Sentenced from birth to pay all our time.
Cast from the truck to the roadside to rot.
Shamed outside of luck, all about what you’re not.
Media screams boost revealed truth feud.
Sell corporate garbage labeled food.
Orwell warned; we were warned:
“The best of you will be co-opted.”
We didn’t know they meant on you-tube.
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Drumming in a Different Circle

 
 
 
 
Limbs, core, Limbic awareness
Drums of my circle clutch tight; shared stories illumine night,
chant rhythm through my day, embrace of safe vibration.
 
Aid to meditation, listen in.
 
Beneath my skin, blood flows to jungle’s beat.
Quantum entangling dance,
essence, embodied trance steeped in tribal code.
 
Soft setting Sun; I sidle along dusk shaded street.
Terrified I might meet circles a’sway to chaotic drums.
Violent charismatic voices,
disciples of variant choices.  Not kind.  Not my kind.
 
On sojourns alone, rhythm revives convivial song.
Sound connection with ground entrained to
cadence of home.
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Endorphin Joy Ride

 
 
 
Let us speak of love,
of dear enthralled enchantment.
Ecstatic rush that drugs wish they could bring.
Mood’s choral turns to Spring.
That special lethargy that poets faux affect,
reflective as a silver pool.
We like the love that lets us play the fool,
exudes good humor, respite from
sober shame of longing heart.
That flame, that spark that arts
wish power to capture,
that rapture.
Tongues entwined in love, we speak
outside of language,
languid
breaths of bliss.
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Gaea: A Ritual Performance

It’s really a simple story. Beings find planet. Beings treat planet badly. Planet goes about her business.
Beings start to realize that they need planet, and had best learn to make friends rather than futilely keeping up enmity.
 
 
Gaea: A Ritual Performance
 
 
layers of imagery, music, tribal drums, futuristic dreams
 
 
Gaea was there, in the beginning. Gaea was all. Gaea was wise.
How could we not have seen, in the blindness of pride, of avarice,
of service pledged to false gods?
 
The journey was long.
The journey was harsh.
The journey was lonely.
 
Asleep in a box with wilderness dreams.
Or awake on the watch, wondering what was to come.
 
Thus it was those false gods bespake us:
Out of the cold vastness of desolate space,
out of base fear over years seeped in to overtake us,
out of a need to deem our fate Someone else’s scheme,
out of a need to believe all would be well for our kind.
 
Our world was dying.
We did what we could to survive.
Survival we find
an appropriate end
to any means.
Survival will give us
the time we need
to find a better way
to survive.
 
The bravest of us,
the proudest of us,
the meanest of us,
would not allow us to die.
We took off in our ship with the barest of plans
 
to find another land
where our kind could live …
expand.
 
Now,
hybrid children evolved
from refugees
fleeing a hostile star,
Skygods and Earth Mother of ancient lore.
 
When will we relinquish hubris, ruinous hatred,
accept Gaea as partner and home?
Build strength of unity so all may thrive?
 
The land, when we found her was warm and inviting.
We felt safe, supported, encouraged to grow.
 
We ate of her fruit, fish, herds.
We built with her trees, stone and clay.
We drank from her beautiful streams
which we soiled with our waste.
Gaea was saviour and womb.
We repaid her with rape.
 
We didn’t understand,
thought her merely land,
thought ourselves masters from afar.
 
Gaea sent storms to bring us to our senses, wild winds and seas.
 
Gaea tried to shake us off: Earthquakes, Floods, Famine, Plagues
sending us scattering into hiding,
intermingling with her primates, Gaea’s ape children.
Without question or shame, we murdered what we could not steal.
Without honor or remorse, we laid waste to our host,
to our adopted home,
then cursed her for not giving more.
 
By accident or design, chimera adapting to nature’s marketplace,
creating stories to redefine our origins from outer space.
We lied to our halfling children, denigrated their Gaean kin,
twisted their virtues into a false concept we called “sin.”
 
What Gaea did to us? Cruel, evil, in need of the whip.
We seal over her bounty
into mad parody of Mother Ship.
Unforgiving of the mess of living, the miracles of life.
In ignorant pride we gave ourselves law to decide
propriety over fate,
turning
in our minds
mother love
into a mirror of hate.
 
Frozen in fear and rage, children swept out in the storm,
trapped in a self-made cage we had hoped to protect us from harm.
 
Gaea, we cry, why do you treat us so angrily?
What will it take for us to wake up and see it is we who are wrong?
To hear and be aware of Gaea’s song singing in our blood?
To learn the cycles, the seasons,
the reasons for fire, wind and flood?
 
To redefine our race,
to find out that our place is here among our Gaean kin?
 
The telling of new tale must begin.
 
Gaea opens to sunshine to ease our agitation.
Easy winds, breezy gush of summer rain.
Feeding the greedy young grains,
growing along the plains, the flowers of the storm.
Feeding the beasts of the field,
celebrating the cycle, as all is revealed.
 
Love is the web,
craftily spun by great mother spider,
Gaea’s familiar,
weaving magestic grace
no longer concealed. It was never our place
to control, nor others’ to steal.
 
Gaea creates in intricate arrangements,
feeding us all of us all, a transformative stew.
So much energy wasted; painful lies to find our way through.
New beliefs, guiding stories to provide for, enthuse
children, reaching out to become and be free,
embrace our destin,
as Gaea’s beloved.
 
Arising in the circle, giving voice to release pain —
grateful to Gaea’s grace, dancing in her cleansing rain,
we sing, rejoice, united:
 
It would be so nice (paradise)
You and I
Floating in the sunlight
Ready to break free
To be
Exactly who we are
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Earth Angels

 
 
 
Speciesism.
That boorish arrogance.
Deaf to wisdom, portrayed in
ominous myth, faery lore.
Slay the goose;
destroy the whales.
Uproot untold trees
bearing fruits that may have
saved us staggering pain.
Crucial for well-being
microbes, photosynthesis,
symbiotic
processes ignored, misunderstood.
Focus expended on ephemeral
opinion, petty greeds and rivalries,
diatribes on evil and good.
Realities we have yet to account to,
acknowledge,
fall, collateral damage
to insolent bravado.
When will we ever let go,
rethink this mad master plan,
relinquish need to command?
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