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Monday, December 05, 2005

Written on Samhain*

I sit here atop their faery palace.
I am permitted, because they have taken to watching.
The new gods displaced no one:
They only stopped running and stood still,
Feet rooting into earth--
Long fingers clutching at leaf cover.


They stand curved and listening.
You won't see them till you
Lean against them,
Wind whispering in the leaves above your head.


The Lochness sleeps at the bottom of the bay,
Smiling in his dream.
Except on this night
Except for tonight


Look at the pebbles at your feet:
Old bits of driftwood and dragon tooth.
Some slate.
All tools to leave a note for them
That they will laugh over once the party is done.


Here where the grass grows—ramparts.
Here where cigarettes have been stubbed out: a watch tower.
Here where the marigold grows: a moat.
Your behind rests on a turret: a tiny telescope watching for ravens.


They know your schedule.
When the lights come on.
How the sprinklers work.
Why campus security will not climb these ramparts.
Especially this night.
Especially tonight.


They let the grass grow into the moat.
The draw bridge rotted and turned to soil.
A beer can crush lies where the levy would gather.
My ungainly foot stomps in a fairy circle.


But as the last leaves are lit by the setting sun,
Their faces hidden in flames laugh as they wait
For their night
For tonight.


For the campus security will not climb these ramparts,
And I have made an offering
Of a chocolate bar and my sorrows.
Speak the ancient chants and light no lamp--
Then you will see their glittering eyes and hear
The ancient harp being tuned, underneath you, near.


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Samhain- the ancient name for a tradition that is now translated in popular culture as Halloween. Pronounced "sow-in", it is honoured by those of the celtic tradition.

2 comments:

BeKn|GhTeD said...

Where pray tell might you be dear freind?
I have been bed ridden with a host of illnesses which decided to use my body as refuge from the winter, and you seem to have vanished all together from the farce that goes by the name of Sajjad's life.
Could use a little fishbowling right about now.
Be safe wherever might you be.

And if somehow this may not be obvious from all that has been said already: I miss you.

BeKn|GhTeD said...

And really, exactly what do you intend to moderate?
Afraid someone might still the secret to world peace on yoru blog? Or disclose the truth about you blue leather jacket?

Or perhaps expose your true lack of creativity by quoting the case of one foot massager?

Okay fine i'm desperate.
Hmph
Whatever
:S