Page of Swords

J. again. I’ve spent the rainy afternoon writing an article on Brighid as a hearth goddess. If it doesn’t find a home in an anthology, I might end up posting it here. At any rate, today has been a rainy and domestic day, which will soon involve writing the Midsummer rite, making pudding for tomorrow’s voice recital, making music and running in the rain.

I grabbed this piece of poetic musing to share; it was scribbled on a scrap of paper as a way to experiment with new poetic forms. (I forget what this type is called.) It uses images from the tarot, as well as from a series of dreams I’ve had involving a magician, who’s a guide of sorts. While I didn’t appreciate it at the time, I’m almost liking the bit of doggerel today.

the page of swords, i am
an image on paper
held in my hand
that sorts every future

an image on paper —
you are the Magician
that sorts every future–
i conjure you, silent

you are the Magician
red rose and the white
i conjure you, silent
with sword, wand and flame

red rose and the white
on the altar lie twining
with sword, wand and flame
and my naked desire

on the altar lie twining
meaning and symbol
and my naked desire
runs through your palms

meaning and symbol
and the mastery of it — it
runs through your palms
and spins, a white serpent

and the mastery of it — it
rushes, the gale wind
and spins, a white serpent
devouring itself

rushes, the gale wind
bending them under — and desire
devouring itself
clouds in the storm

bending them under — and desire
bright and sharp, a blade —
clouds in the storm
and o! i am daring

bright and sharp, a blade
held in my hand —
and o! i am daring
the page of swords, i am

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About whitecatgrove

The musings of a Druid priestess, singer, poet and musician in Upstate New York.
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