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black spiritus-mundi
AlchemiA

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in. -- Leonard Cohen's Anthem

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have you ever watched how folks die,
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how their memories unravel and
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their bodies begin to curl,
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and how they’ll surge to stay a ‘lil longer in the world,
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how their eyes brighten with those last embers
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of neuronal flickers firing with something
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they forgot to remember, and
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then they’ll smile awhile as if they've seen,
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that last dimming of the light to hospital white,
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then they’ll rasp in gurgles with their last breath,
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surrendering to their own internal rhythms,
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those long calling cadences
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where cosmic tides are pulling-back
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to where deep calls to deep,
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to where it's black,
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to where negative-spaces are revealed by
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a light turning with the
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bend of gravitas that we don’t need to understand …
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25 Apr 13


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"I began as a poet, writing poetry; I began to tell stories in the poems and then realized that there was not enough room in a poem." -- Louise Erdrich
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