the Forge

Heat surrounds me as I walk between the Anvil and the Hammer. I am smelted, molten iron waiting to be formed and reformed, quenched under cold water, hardened again and again until firm and strong,

Flexible, ensuring I become unbreakable.

I turn around, looking, watching, searching for the Armorer,
the Forge-master,
the Liberator,
the Commander of these flames (building to higher intensity—higher Stability)

I am shaped again, between the Anvil and the Hammer,
stronger, as this new molten alloy is injected in my veins.

I am liquid glowing steel shaped anew.

Hammered, beaten, brought to the barrel until the edge is clean and razor sharp,

Made flexible again, made unbreakable once more.

Stronger in this second life, this second cycle,

twice-born to learn, to evolve, to lead and become more than I was and more than I could be.

The fire burns higher and hotter, flames tonguing my female flesh, lapping at my neck and cheeks and lips,
entering through my breath and mingling with my Earthly form.

And I become the Armorer,
the Forge-master,
the Liberator,

the Commander of these fever flames,

I am Steel, charged with cold fury, shaped to a seamless edge, power to slice,

and here I take my leave and employ my Vengeance.
Blade in Body I stand to fight
Body in Blade I enter battle, demanding the blood of my enemy, demanding victory,

The enemy is on all sides and I am poised, ready.
I am,
I am my enemy,
And the disease in my mind is ready to die.

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Metamorphosis

Alone in a glade under the burning stars,
Dew moist on the soles of my blistered feet,
My belly distended, pressed to the ground,
Sinking in, mutating within
The needles of pain consume my vision
My breath, reduced to a whimpering supplication
My skin cracks open,
Drying and withered and old
I peel it away from the new
Armour
Still soft and wet and waking
This newness hardens my jaw,
Pulls my tears to ash
This new body, now so
Proud and firm and female
Mating with the decay of leaves
And Lifeblood of the soil
And horns of Earthly blessings
Split the crown of my brow
Growing slowly,
Agonizing, surreal,
Strong
And so I shed the paltry
Skin of Eve,
And rise from the Womb
Of the Earth Mother
As a new Goddess
A new Flame
A new Stone
A new Way
A new Song
A new Day
A new Earth

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Untitled

I wandered until I was lost. Trodding sodden ground, clutching the blackness of obsidian destruction. A temporal fascination, overbearingly familiar, like déjà vu, surfacing from the cold dark waters of a buried consciousness, a buried light. White is deathly, like pale fingers creeping in to paint splotches of scaled down readiness across a canvas of nothingness.

The bleak of winter would comfort me now. In a world where spring is springing, where greens and blues decay under the whiteness of my sliding spirit. I am darkness in this light. This encompassing trend of rising to the occasion has been lost on me.

I feel as though the zigzag of humanity’s crumpling form is winding around me. I have learned this lesson before. I have learned to distrust. My weary ways have haunted me, have coalesced around this storm that swirls throughout my being. I am sick.

The grit and dew sparkle like dogmas cradled within the hierarchies of man. I have learned to love and hate in equal measure. I have tasted the waxen futility of this fight. This war on life. Control is today’s special. Beating the innocence out of the disciples of creation. My creation is eating me alive. Conquered and devoured. I can’t twist my view to the periphery of this room. My prison cell, I built it from the gifts I was given.

I wandered until I was lost, and now,

I’m not quite sure I ever want to be found.

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An Unexpected Guest

There might come a late winter night, when the air is cold and biting,
That you find yourself answering your door to the sound of a strange god’s pounding heart.
You cautiously crack the rough hewn wood just a sliver
Just to see
And there he is, lumbering there, on your stoop
All wild-eyed and feral grin,
You notice the cosmos stirring within his fur
And you’re a little fearful of letting him in.

Before you have a chance to speak to him, though,
He barges his way through the door, brushes your worries off his stone arch shoulders,
Like brushing the sand from your feet after a stroll along the beach.
He clambers toward your favorite chair
And invites himself into it, his hulking form making your only comfortable space screech in protest.
But there is purpose in his posture, in his swaying scarred head, and you suppose what the hell, he’s welcome to sit
For just a spell.
And then you think, it must be a spell
To be so disrupted this late in the night
By a wild god stitched up in moonlight.

He grins his savage song again, and you see him beckon you to feel comfortable in your own home beside the fire, so you accept his crooked finger like a fish to a lure
And sit at his feet as his eyes ponder over your biology.
You feel pulled to ask about the snakes in his belly, the raven claws in his arms, the budding stars of infant galaxies exploding to life within his rib cage.
But you don’t want to ruin the silence with the danger of pragmatic spoken language.

So you sit with him and listen
to the rhythms in his breathing
And you find a melody in it.
It sounds like the haunted chords of your embryonic certitude.
You find comfort in that, so you again try for a prayer, a whispered word
A verse of starlight
Anything! that you might hear this sparking creature speak.
You will find you want his voice so badly
That you address the solemnity in his dark charm and tell him of your day.

You try to avoid your need to bleed and scream and dance in revelry of all that stands before the time when it was sorrow that you wore.
Because at some point, you became scared of your own speech so you began to hide it under the crunch of oak leaves.
But this feral god, this dream before you, he sees
And he reaches out and takes your callused hands and examines.
He reads the well worn lines and fretful designs, and again his eyes play flame over that wicked grin.
Knowing you deeper than you know yourself.

He lets you go and for a moment you don’t know how you could possibly ever go on.
The pain in his eyes and those spaces within you make you want to weep.
But then he reaches over and pulls from the fire a single seed, a tiny thing
Aglow amid the shadows that are
beginning to take shape as soulful forms climbing up the living room walls.
He watches your face
Probably trying to gauge how resolute your insides are
Before he places it in the palm of your outstretched hand.
Tears find their way to the corners of your eyes, and they stream down your face at the eternity of his small gesture, and you realize you don’t know how long you’ve been sitting there with him.

So you look down to find the time but somehow you are rooted to the floor, moss and clover spreading up your lower limbs, tickling your skin.
And then the seed you hold begins to warm
So you eat it
You swallow it down with the glass of bourbon this wild being has passed to your hand.

His laugh is a belly rumble like thunder in the distance, and your head swims under his influence as you praise that single sound.
He asks: why did you leave me behind?
And you don’t know how to answer because you know in your heart the illusions you were once fed had won. It seems so very long ago.
I had to conform, I had to survive.
That wild eyed shine returns to his face, a face you found revolting at his arrival, a face you’re probably growing accustomed to now.
And you open your throat to speak, but moths flutter out in place of the voice that used to be yours.
You see that the strange god sitting in your chair weeps with you, and nods his great dark head. He touches your very blood with the clamoring of his own shaded thoughts.

And the shadows that were nothing much just moments before
Are now dancing in harmony with the breath solidifying in the air.
His breath that winds its way inside your mind and the tunnels within your heart
His eyes shine in tune to the strings of your own wanton music and you will most likely fall drunk on the gravity of that forgotten language.

Then roots form in your belly, pulling your bone and tendon along a web of fates.
The blood in your veins turns to silt and soil and your mouth invites the stages of life to sing from your lungs.
You look to find the time again but your house is no longer there.
Your wild god has brought a skin drum and is beginning to pound your birth.
Spirits of bird and bone swirl about your head, unaware that you probably don’t want them anywhere near.
But your god keeps drumming, keeps the pulse waves of your dreams.
He calls all the beasts and birds and worms
And you hear the earth’s shouts of defiance echo in the air.

You watch in secret pleasure as your spirit joins the flight
Again you seek after the voice of the shadowed being that found his way to your door.
He’s there, no longer a separate taste of freedom in your gut
But a wakened thing, a dancing step
And you find yourself alive with the agony of it all.

And then in a moment’s flash, you’re blinking, tears fogging your liberated eyes.
You wake upon a misty dawn, an empty glass at your fingertips, your changed spirit sprawled atop the hearth rug.
You will most likely laugh in wonder of finding yourself in such disarray
As you begin another day.

There may come a late winter night, when the air is cold and biting,
You will find yourself answering your door to a strange God’s pounding heart.
So you cautiously crack the rough hewn wood just a sliver
Just to see
If he’d like to come in for a drink.

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Into the Wilds

I began to dream under
the same raw moon
As the tides that bare down
on fragile flesh
the flesh of my forefathers
There’s blood in the apex
of these stones, calling us
to stitch the wounds
of our own callousness and
fleeting desires

I wandered into the wilds,
under sand pine prophets
and oaken kings
I lamented on the nature of our
odorous civilisations, our war machines
and dogmas of oppression

The egret and ibis heard my prayer
and came to see
the stranger in their midst
A creature of sorrow and
sickness and greed
But I wandered aloud,
my footsteps bringing me
to piles of rubble that once stood
the test of time
and time is now mine
under the stars of my
newfound fortitude,
this reckless keen edge
of awareness budding to life
inside my sleeping bones

I was wary once of travellers
of that forgotten golden realm
Longing to hide in the shadows,
a conscious observer
of the night flights of those fighters
The fighters wringing the life out
of the pockets of creation

And I stood there watching
while the memories came
to dance about my head
Spiders spinning webs in my hair
to trickle thoughts of liberation
into my brain

I thought once of you,
the way your eyes would move
to judge the very fabric that
weaves our flaws together
I set that memory free
and again turned
to the wilds that so
lovingly called me home

I followed a deer growing thick
with fetus in her belly,
asked after the hymns
that so wind their way around
and through
beast and tree,
and she told me to listen

So I listened to the gathering dusk,
the crickets’ music
transforming my soul
and then I was no longer afraid
of growing old
so I climbed into the crook
of a giant’s sheltering limbs
and I ate nothing but
what I could catch in
trembling hands

I sacrificed my self into
the hunt for this wealth
This need to resurrect
what once was a feral heart
I stopped playing prey and
found sanctuary
in the blood of the earth
the blood of reptile skin
and spear pointed teeth
as I became a solitary predator

I dug into the midnight soil
seeking a space to sink my roots
to wait and trap any form
any trace of food for my thoughts
I wanted to grow wisdom
I wanted to relearn that
Mother tongue of soil
Muscle and memory
the language of the land’s
savage composition

I wandered the forest,
aching to be found among the palmettos
a dying breed of mystic
planting seeds and craving
all things that a human craves
when burning that all to
cinders and ash

I buried myself in the darkness
among cypress knees and Spanish moss
Letting nightcrawlers sing me to sleep
I wondered then what it would mean
if I chose to stay
if I chose to let myself forget
to be human for awhile

So I tore from myself
small strips of regret
and tied the cloth of those sins
to a dogwood tree
I cried at the wrath of the earth
calling for my explanations
of falling off the edge of this world
So long ago, now, it seems

I entered the badlands
of buzzing insects, leeches
and steam
I let myself go back that way again
and found the answer to that riddle:

I was never really me.

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