Monthly Archives: February 2011

Oisin, at the shore, sees the woman

You stand on the white strand by your love, not noticing the spray soaking your cloak, the foam lapping your feet, the call of your companions, the cry of your hounds. You do not notice the gull wheeling white above … Continue reading

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Hospitality: not just folded towels and little bottles of shampoo

Hospitality. The word evokes folded towels, mini-bottles of shampoo, or the legendary pineapple presented to Southern guests who have overstayed their welcome.┬áIt’s a virtue we have commercialized at best and at worst exile based on fear, greed, isolationism. Hospitality and … Continue reading

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Colorful thoughts in late winter

Everything, white. Crotches of trees. Rooflines. The sky. The world, blinding and pillowed. Truth be told: I hate white, the color of teeth, bones, hospitals, ancient temples stripped by time of their gay paint. White is death, what’s left after … Continue reading

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Thawing: for Aonghus Og

Blocks of dirty white tumble on the shore playthings for spring’s child. He rises, a hawk on unseen thermals hot air over cold and rising, rising. Mother Sun pauses, watches, knowing eyes gleaming, of that time she paused for nine … Continue reading

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February and November

Gray. White. Brown. My feet drum the winding pavement. Aine’s face is a yellow balloon through a white shroud, not even shining. White breath puffs from my lips as I run past the brown bark of trees, the white and … Continue reading

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Primum non nocere: mental illness and divination

Lately, I’ve dealt with a particularly hairy divinatory situation, which is the inspiration for this particular entry. Personal policy dictates that I refuse to read or offer spiritual advice to someone with an active mental illness. By “active,” I mean … Continue reading

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