~twilight, hear dear goddess, call to song to aery dancing.
Lady fair your fiery trance rewinds our souls;
enjoy these offerings of fancy: all art is yours ~
Degree of natal Hekate --
a liminal decade for the dweller
on the threshold.
The search is for clarity,
elasticity as integral character.
To see, feel, merge and undulate
through; to discover, uncover, swim
in the glory of original grace,
To see, to feel, to breathe in
all exquisite luxury of prescience; to hold,
transmit as cellular energy.
To paint upon translucent canvas
subliminal etchings, private symbols
Sagacity gifted, re-gifted,
planted in potent fertility
of visions, of cantations -- tinsel of starlight;
the subtle scent of phantom pain;
the feather touch of eternity.
I fall into velvet voice, enchanting form.
Move with the rhythm;
caressed within word and worlds'
Look into the molten glass, sparking visions.
Star twinkles ask not, glorying in terpsichore;
no written lines obscure wide sky, open beyond horizon
mistily expanding into rolling sea. Drink
to oblivion, to ecstasies bequeathed in excess emotion,
rolling, amniotic, amnesia of expectation. Breathe --
vestigial gills awaken.
This is the first measure of the first movement,
a pirouette, a dervishly delightfilled whirl.
Cast upon this rocky estuary, dance inner wise
third eye calling dawn into destiny.
The new day,
dawn's cloudy brew.
Cumulative immersion with pollution,
anthropic chemical solution
under which we were formed.
It will encounter clouds and hailstorms,
turbulence and destruction.
The curse took no notice of time or circumstance.
I existed in a liminal state of vague dream images,
static discharge of random sensory neurons.
I did not expect; I did not wait; I was not aware of being.
Caught in conundrum ‘tween twilight and dawn
Formerly someone, lost without form
Back to that question you asked being born
and the answer that started when?
At the crossroads, past midnight,
just before the power of
peeping dawn, blessed in colors of awe.
Songs that entwine backbrains, insist
we all dance one foot, one mind, one goal
Face off, blinded, emit sonic rays as walls
so steep, so hard, so badly soiled.
In quiet before twilight, before time,
vagrants paint with bloodied fingers, examine
interstice and flow.
Slowly, as viscous waste, then quicker pick up
of pace, then light takes hold, caresses gentle
as a kiss of friend intent.
Will you let it in? Will you let your vision bend,
Beginnings never warn of battle
flame or drunken dares.
They only promise vague
adventure, valiant possibilities.
wild in the sun, in the shadow, against the highway
moving I to I in the twilight
anticipate memories to come.
There is a viscosity to twilight
Cut from the core
fruit of neural womb, gestating,
sluggish, subject to cravings, livid dreams.
Within the secrets of the seed,
occluded aspects of beginnings,
petal by petal,
sacred in the morning dew
enticing fragrant fields
as if myths foretell our lives
twilights of harmonic symphonies when Sun
touches green horizons.
Twilight, trace forecolours of dawn, silence deepens,
counterstroke to what is to come.
As day end melts into familiar
constellations, migrating like flying life,
early harvest still feeds celebration.
Twilight, the wee hours,
the dark of the moon
places where magic reigns,
crossroads, crises, cusps.
There is static on the radio.
my voice was singing
taking flight to surround me,
the sound of music,
a comforter of down
to ease my soul.
I've been trying to define a taste,
a sense of bittersweet and salt.
I've been trying to find a trace
a footprint in the desert,
a sound, a scent,
I've been trying to find a trace of me,
a piece to fit the puzzle,
my contribution to the grand design.
Seeking in the shadows,
the space between
myth and matter,
those places words
On those insubstantial plains
of myst and awe,
the stuff of dreams,
threshold of wonder,
A brief eternity before dawn,
supplicating the night sky for
solace, this soft moment before,
an unmarked road
to ride along home.
That liminal space
Between my body and the airwaves
Creates a dance.
Rather like a faery spell,
those dawning tendrils
sneak through my windowshade.
But it's much too early to be rising.
So I'll dally in illusive romance
I've no one to wake to
beyond the dawn.
The dancer with the dance
enter pre-dawn mystery,
glistening in firefly light
Tell a rollicking tale,
we demand of the piper.
We have paid all the long
seasons of darkness.
It is time to reap an early harvest
of dreams dancing to dawn
Every dawn could be inspiration,
bounteous gifts free of obligation,
energy gleefully received.
drums at dawn.
Inspiration and instruction
carried forth through song and stage.
Vibrant murals painting onward age to age.
Taking up the challenge of the tale
that twists, turns, meanders,
providing kaleidoscopic opportunity
ever to begin again.
Wrenched gut throbs, eyes blurred to the howl.
Twilight crowd a'clamor for loud resilient community;
tranced instant glamour distant from day's insanity
entrains yearn for humanity.
Learn flexible grace staggering tribal stadia;
fade lines between day and night as you play
Grooving through the twilight.
Twirling through the fade.
Relax into madness,
ash sparks in the twilight,
take flight, swirl within echoed breeze.
Readiness to ride the free winds of chaos.
Here, in a world of fog and fury,
blurred in twilight vengeance,
crows, ravens, portents of
black flight circle above.
A crown of shrieks, feathers
cascade, rain like pestilence.
No blame in blindness.
"I could not see through feathered fog;
could not save you."
Signpost in the fog.
Thick dry-ice blue billow emits formulations.
rise back, diminish time,
Sear of light, brutal panic.
Quiet. High-pitched sonic
Eternity of now
burns through bone,
marrow -- flimsy narrow gate
Liminality is waiting
That liminal dimension between the pain
and the screen selection of feeling, immersion
away from meaning: what you don't mean
Twilight passages, when possible expands.
Pre-dawn messages, first-draft images,
subconscious doodles before thought can capture plan.
Empty enormity celestial map demands.
Continuum of spectral light draws sight
against backdrop of shadow’s span.
fairytales brought back from sleep.
Sprinting across that abyss,
goblin mouths, hungry ghosts.
Dusk’s purple sky imagines
streets aglow in festive lights, flights of fun.
By liminal command, young aggressors channel
to sport, fantasy battle, adventurous work.
Next level survival demands we assess, re-learn.
last of dying light
liminal moments -- dusk, dawn
Oblique bands dapple into twilight.
Far away forests call.
Peace floats softly in trailing starshine,
Dusk whirls of wilding sands.
Gentle twilight, before the night, before all the freeze of laughter,
bubbling partying, high hats and hands, desperate to ignite,
to touch and become.
free of temporality, ephemeral, rare and precious and of the fleeting moment, exquisite beauty without further responsibility.
Yet again, "be here now"
ever changing landscape; ever changing dance of me to you.
Leaning into illusion theory.
Too many coincidences/synchronicities, object lessons, deja vus.
There's too much that makes too much sense
in a totally fantastic way. I feel slipping
down the rabbit hole, through the mirror, into the Twilight Zone.
Welcome to the Twilight Zone
Welcome to the twilight zone
for twilight presages the night
the beautiful, magickal night
where anything can happen
any dream can be revealed.
I ride a marvelous nightmare over evanescent swamplands,
mysterious passageways into undiscovered treasure hoards.
There is so much, mirroring its way into the future,
recombining images, sounds, visions, eery macabre skeletal touch.
Endlessly morphing images, whirling through me,
each fleetingly touching its sweet taste onto my tongue,
eternally cherished in a magnificent instant.
There is no future in the night, no past, no present,
only dreams and surreal landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes.
There is an anticipatory quality that moves and dances,
ever out of reach, never coalescing into form.
This is the essence of magick.
This is the promise, the curse, the incantation, the lion's roar.
This is the homeland of vampires, lycanthropes, sorcerors from beyond.
This is the holy see, the mist shrouded mountainpeak, the smokey lake,
the boundaryless mystery.
Welcome to the twilight zone,
the band of pale purple light
that draws us home.
Darkening into heavier compression,
Density increasing toward
on the apocalyptic battlefield.
Inside the box,
are we dying
Another rainy day
allowing dawn to hide behind
Sunday into Monday,
Giving in to who we are
despite our dreams.
The sounds, the smells, the awaited adventures
Anticipation . . .
Or merely another day?
Do you long for love in the dark, dusky evening?
Do you count the countless stars,
knowing a miracle is on its way?
Has the chill of eternity captured your imagination?
Light coalescing into sound into waves into sea?
What is the demand of sky
dripping through the twilight?
half moonlight, half mind.
Someday soon the piper calls
a merry tune you're too afraid
you are no dancer.
Still afraid at dawn,
chirping birds upset you.
Those who have not met you
no longer matter.
Mad as a hatter,
you open your soul to the night,
and find, though blind in your flight,
better ventures than fright
now bid you to believe
It may not be too late,
too close to the dawn.
I hear the nightbirds pleading
for just one more song.
Like you, I've learned everything
from late night movies,
lyrics on pre-dawn radio.
I look behind to shining grace,
realize my place,
out, far from grim, grey dawn
Listening for enchanting pipes
of Pan to follow
past the painted sky.
Longshoremen, in early dawning,
stinking of dead fish,
seagulls' wet crying.
Desolate, the sea entwined
with sky, casting about
into another day.
Bright colored lights,
Gaily chatting people
drawn in by wares.
painted so prancy
casts off daily cares.
Dark end of the street
drawn in to the pre-dawn air.
Birdsong, voices conflating
the sum of experience,
let loose into this foggy dawn.
Colours, still subtle,
undulating air --
tell a story.
The many metaphors of dawn
Layered clouds, clarify ecstasy
dissolves the lock
twixt everyday and magic.
Times, forms, enemies change.
The game goes on.
Bright golden Sun absorbs mist from
a glorious dawn.
The smell of lonesome prairie after
the train's rushed through.
On this side of the bars,
life is slow,
A brave touch twixt worlds
Can change minds into consciousness
with such subtlety
"Of course, we knew it all along."
on the threshold
before the eclipse
before the dawn
before we are given our missions,
sent forward in time,
we must be ready,
must rise to the challenge
without map or guidebook to prepare.
we endure the patience to exercise
control over every capillary,
of our being.
it's not the believing, but
a better world needs a new kind
be a ware
for peace, for life,
before the wake.
Deep in our ancient lives
Far from our daily chores
Hidden within our minds
With no bright line to follow
Could I be true?
Breathing, a mist so fine
sprayed from brave ocean floors
Seen in dreamlike design
shades dark and blue.
Dawn's pink-purple hue
breaks through over time
while I wander in dreaming.
What could be true?
Torn by my primal cry
how would you answer?
Words of Peace
speak beyond structured language
to music of each dawn.
Welcoming the light
creamy purples into day
so swift the change
(when it happens)
from predawn mysteries.
Trees sway gracefully.
Morning birds are singing.
awake in my dreams
before I remember
to whom my day is promised.
Old King's Cold/Grail King
And the old King dies.
Sends out his mortal ghost
to dance on Olympian plains.
I am the mighty he;
ruled wisely while I was allowed;
sold my soul to please the crowd;
withered on the vine divine.
There is no more of me.
Drink from the golden Grail,
Oh New Found King.
You are triumphant.
A bright dawn upon the kingdom
offers sparkling hope,
new dreams aborning.
Don't despair old peasant folk,
though you think despair all you
can cling to.
The Fisher King has returned
from his desert adventures.
He brings the tides to
slake the thirst
of this arid land.
I beg you yet again
to take a stand.
Take harness, plow your pastures.
Believe that the seed will take hold.
Listen to the heralds
shouting lines in the sand.
They know a flood is coming
after many a hard rain --
but don't despair!
It is a flood of fertility,
a harbinger promising carpets of grain
and lush vegetation.
All this is promised if you
do your part.
The old King, so long dying of his
festering wounds, has poisoned you
with ill-fated rule.
Cast out the poison from your hearts.
Tend your fields with a will
and a song.
Never forget you are free.
Never forget that responsibility.
May I say, I am awed by
the way your presence echoes,
keeps time and space at bay,
as if you create each new
A new day dawns cloudy and forbidding.
We are entering San Francisco in the morning fog,
early, early, the world still dreaming.
Or maybe it was Cambridge, Mass.,
lost in the fog, unsure of time or space.
Sometimes there is singing:
something about a "Yellow Submarine" or "Strawberry Fields"
or sometimes haunting melodies without words.
But it's all about the words, even those implied by the music.
Wine can help.
By the gods, wine is sometimes all that can help
(tho sometimes even wine betrays me).
The stinking debris of mornings after the night before,
or just morning by the coast with the stink of rotting fish,
the cries of gulls or sirens, the emptiness without tears, the cold of morning
-- I remember that too.
That no more mornings could touch me,
that I could hide contented in the night dreaming
flying dreams so none could touch me.
Fragments. Taking life in fragments. Folding each shiny fragment
into tender velvet pockets sequined to reflect the light,
let them be all right, feel cared for.
Let the nights protect us from the days.
Like a wandering hermit with a self-igniting lantern . . . .
Coming to the Light
My mind playing tricks on my eyes
That golden glow bringing me into
worlds of pumpkin coaches,
Valkyrie in flight,
neverlands that never were,
yet so much more real than
what passes for day to day.
Sadness is beauty brought down by ugliness,
truth succumbing to convenient lies.
Joy is opening all senses into the
spectrum of beauty.
no convenient structural captivity.
Let the stars be shining beacons
calling us home.
Let the wind be a magical cloak,
the rain an exultation.
Let the cold, dark night be
a treasured, inspiring friend.
Let the night take me forward
Into everfulfilling fantasies
The never empty cup,
the magic wand/magic word,
sprinkled with faery dust,
toasted with the fine bubbles
of celluloid champagne.
Let us, the night and I, sneak off into
Let us learn the secrets of the Moon and Stars,
ancient runes and alchemical wonders.
Let us play upon the backs of dragons,
learning to fly,
learning to breathe fire,
learning to explore the mountainpeaks
and caverns of
our chthonic fears
and spin them into gold.
The new day dawning
it will encounter clouds and hailstorms,
turbulence and destruction.
It will be a day of startling showers and
of unreasoned pain
and empty solace.
It will be a day to try our souls.
But it will be a day of infinite possibilities.
Let my good friend, the night,
join me in play
to help prepare me for the day.
Let the earth and fire and rain and wind
infuse my spirit
that we all be fellow friends
in the new ventures
coming with the light.
Early morning dawn awakening
to a season of wild abandon
a golden moment of sensation
In a flash -- alive to an open season
Alive to a new awakening
The future descends
from the fear-embroidered skies
the vision is of holocaust --
when everybody dies
A new day is dawning, but is it sun or storm?
We have a chance to make our mark
but is it right or wrong?
They dream of liquid floating in suspension and do not understand.
We are the product of their dreams.
We suck you of your life fluids, moving mouths on every part
of your body. Vampires of experience, we will not let you go till we have sucked you dry.
Like a vampire's victim, you will crave the life, the experience of others,
will suck them dry to gain eternity.
We suck you and lick you clean, fondlingly.
We again enter you through every opening,
cleaning you through. You have been exhausted.
We complete our ritual cleansing as you lie immobile, beyond response.
We symbolically cut off your genitals, cut out your heart. We now own your soul.
It has been a good night.
Dawn has long since risen;
they will wake soon. Soon they begin again,
another day of their busy aimless lives:
rise, work, unwind, sleep, and, oh yes,
consume those predigested market-attractive packaged
products of the mass media, the mass brainwash, the mass society.
Silent, the singers are searching for voice
They know in their souls it's a matter of choice
They need to find reason, a cause, to rejoice,
A newly turned path to felicity.
A new day is dawning, but where is the sun?
Our freedom and faith are defined by the gun.
The symbol of power overrules everyone
'Til we create our own electricity.
But under cover of darkness a banner's being stitched
Of patchwork-bright colors and radiance
To someday soon be unfurled in the breeze
As we march to freedom's song.
If life were simple,
dispelled with dawn's
we would laugh
easily sorted out in counsel.
We could harness the Sun, Moon,
birth of stars,
allow minds to grow.
Growing Out of Liminality
Thirteen Wizards Shall Guide You, rotating in 7s,
to be chosen from a wizard test administered at regular intervals
to any who wish to apply.
Each wizard shall serve at his/her pleasure -- until they decide to move on.
Any wizard may return by retesting and getting the highest score amongst
those currently in line at the time of a vacancy, like any other candidate.
The test to be devised by a wise pre-council to ascertain qualities of
wisdom, compassion, responsibility, integrity and clarity of communication.
The test may be reviewed and revised at any time that the full council agrees
to do so, based on evidence of better result to be gained.
The wizards do not make the laws.
Laws are made by direct democracy, after a sufficient period of debate when
an overwhelming majority of consensus seems likely.
Wizards do have veto power.
Wizards do not control the economy. That is the province of the market.
The wizards do oversee the use and conservation of common resources.
They do oversee a social infrastructure that assures everyone a comfortable, secure
livelihood. They do oversee disputes to assure that everyone is treated fairly
in the course of commerce, and in the course of community life.
They are not paid an outright salary.
They are given comfortable living conditions that their minds may be free
of personal want.
True shamans aren't ready for this world,
dreamcatching from all hallowed and harrowed.
Wrapped in a cloud of moonbeams --
query and call; capture fleet answer and call --
Eerie, yet wondrously apprehended
in glory of original grace,
to remember we only borrow tomorrows
on our return to eternity.
track social rhythm, mark liminal time.
Lyric, simple sweeps of tone and cue,
never meant to trip up but evoke true
In unknown dark,
deep thought to lark and lounge.
Dawning form seeps toward reward,
to speak out what’s been found.
promotes calm acceptance of non-rational realities,
promotes reintegration of self as programmer
promotes self-reprogramming in alignment with
self-progression to a place of bliss and
dharmic awareness in which
every piece fits, magically finds its place
in expanding space eternally unwinding.
Being, not being, letting it be.
Day upon night swept by twilight.
Vague images coalesce, remain an instant,
Ghosts in smoky distance reset dimension,
Twilight of Goddess Revelation
What twisted so maliciously your mind?
Your God -- Created that greedy leaders may more easily prevail?
Is it guilty shame, seeded by consistent training insisting that you fail?
Lost to balance, whole possibilities, unable to be free or sane.
Eternal life is yours, we scream, while you destroy our birthright
in service to conjuror's dream of denial.
but it's just for a while, while we learn what we were from the start,
each creature alive to the beat of a self-reasoned heart
Born other than imperial, torn into what we are told is real
without power to protect ourselves from venal brothers of the order
spreading hatred like any venereal disease.
We no longer need to meet you cowering on our knees.
Karma's a hot potent bitch unschooled in mercy.
Witches reclaiming noble heritage, reframed herstories will prevail.
Though born, forced to service, in our master's jail,
lost and lonely midst the masses, masked to fit expected forms.
but it's just for a while, while we learn what we were from the start,
each creature alive to the beat of a self-reasoned heart
Listen, little one, watching every moment for our chance,
we will break free to adventurers' romance; dance away the chill of
foreign hills enrapt in leaves and grass. Hiding in primeval castles,
tightly aligned to a bright inner sphere, holding to hope of life to hold dear.
Learning to fly, ride to some unknown side, escape from the herd hate stone,
can't be as hard as learning to stand alone.
but it's just for a while, while we learn what we were from the start
each creature alive to the beat of a self-reasoned heart
So she drifted through the night,
laughing at silly little private jokes,
singing wisps of songs as they floated by,
making up fantasy landscapes and stories
from the shadow shapes as she passed through.
As dawn approached, shapes became more distinct against the color infusing sky.
She understood that her journey was over, as the memories returned in one last burst of clarity.
Leaves twinkle falling.
Stars arise in twilight.
Their song soft, insistent
Lost to primeval moorings.
Washed by eternal storm
Twilight at the Dark of the Moon
into deepest silence.
Feel me here,
oh my most darling.
Here is the free-est flow,
river of bliss. Bounty
of years of grey resistance,
incrementally awakened to
swirling shades --
There is ancient music,
crescendos to peals.
Layered millennial ears,
creatures of seas to trees
Ripples of soundwaves,
not yet condensed into words.
Romances spun of clay and sand,
woven into fashion’s fabrics.
Hearty voices join,
create regaled mythology.
Star-shaped world story
chill and heat.
Nascent strive for enriched clarity
that must open ever more widely,
a luminous spiral
up, out, in, around.
Come, brave as you imagine.
In that brief eternal interval
all of energy
Imagine the day that dawns when
you are no longer dreaming.