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only immortals know
that all must die;
within the evasion
of atmosphere
steals a shadow:
the key turns in the lock.

Somewhere the wind is rising.

In your album is a painting,
like a half-remembered dream:
a phantom figure,
washing a phantom treasure
in a phantom stream.

"Never admit you were wrong," it said,
"the Dance is worth your head
on a silver platter."

Somewhere you shook its hand.

"Do it again," says the hunger;
though it's lost its savor, it says,
"If you don't,
they can do it to you."

Let expectations pass,
your dying is your own affair;
the endless river
washes away the embers
of ancestral fires:
the decisions were yours,
even the decisions
not to decide.

You wear the face you fear.

The matron's shoulder-bag
provides a remedy
for common crime:
choosing the logic of desire,
the dance not partner to the Song;
greed's tunnel vision
plunges into peripheral darkness,

(is it a circle?
I thought it was a circle
(oh, that's right!)
not sane on this side
the wheel comes apart -

Claim the tree & (What?)

(we no longer have need of your services)
the wolf is loose
(the kid won't listen to me anymore))

'cause Effie's had
one of them time's river cats
sneak into her heart,
when it claw her
she wants a man of her own;
and the one you called your son
wants to be home every night,
he don't wanna leave no boy alone
not learning right.

In the helplessness of the mistletoe,
I have my vision:

I call Surt,
the Demon-Angel with the flaming sword;

the Gate of the Garden comes to take the World.

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The following comments are for "The View from Loki's Eye"
by johnlibertus

Eye to eye
As always, evocative, haunting, beautiful..I like the line "you wear the face you fear", very apt. "Helplessness of the mistletoe" resonates with sss and hidden meanings, the druidic attributes, the poison contained, the trapped feeling of being stuck under and someone wants a kiss... Thank you, John.


( Posted by: cybele [Member] On: November 25, 2003 )

we just read about Loki today in my myths class..funny this came up. very well written.

( Posted by: wrtrcat [Member] On: November 25, 2003 )

This is a very beautiful peice, and at the same time it's terrifying. The words are powerful enough to evoke nightmares in the sleepy. I love it.

( Posted by: MzJen1 [Member] On: November 25, 2003 )

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