"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
Khalil Gibran

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Conversation with a Fool

Lo, the ship, at this opportunity, 
slipped slyly, 
Making cunning noiseless travel down the ways.
The Black Riders and Other Lines ~ Stephen Crane


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Once, I stepped out into the world
and met a youthful magician
beside a stagnant pool who sought
to conjure away the torment of death:
upright of stature and unswerving
in his grasp of the matter.
“Young fellow, your wand has burned
in the heat of fervour;
your cup has spilled all but the dregs;
Why do you persist in failure?”
At once he hacked me with his sword, crying,
“Fool! Do you not see?
It hangs on the flip of a coin.”


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On the first day of NaPoWriMo 2017, Brendan reminds us that it's A Fine Day for Sailing Away.

31 comments:

  1. "Energy Fools the Magician" was the a 70's era Brian Eno song and this young magician (a Fool, until he is no longer young) with his burning wand and wanton thirst knows only ritual, not the magic. That's why he's a fool of chance? Everyone who's survived their Terrible Twenties I suppose knows this figure well. I threw my guitar down a well and it surfaced back up as a poem. Is this the first of another Crane-ean sequence? I hope so. Thanks for responding to the challenge!

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    1. I'm not sure if Crane will dog my path, but I heard his voice this morning.

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  2. Like the Tarot, your protagonist is formed of archetypes, and so we all know him, around us, but also inside us, til Time burns all that away. Love your Crane intro.

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    1. The Crane lines made me very happy this morning. I admire the young for their belief in possibility, even if they are hopelessly optimistic.

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  3. Hey Kerry--I especially like the line "in his grasp of the matter" -- we are very stuck in matter as we must be! Very cool poem. Thanks. k .

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    1. Thanks, Karin. I hoped that line would suggest several possible meanings.

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  4. Oh, I love that! The way you have brought in all the elements / Tarot suits, and message of the closing lines, and yes, the wonderful Crane quote.

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    1. Thanks for noticing the finer details, Rosemary.

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  5. I liked this line: "your cup has spilled all but the dregs;" One might as well dump out the dregs as well.

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  6. I think it takes a young magician to still see the flip of a coin side of matter... there is after all a lifetime of failures that can turn to success when you are young.

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  7. I love the burning wand and spilling cup. Love the Crane quote very much, too.

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    1. They seemed quite symbolic to me, taken from the tarot suits.

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  8. This is beautifully haunting, Kerry❤️ especially love; "At once he hacked me with his sword, crying, “Fool! Do you not see? It hangs on the flip of a coin.”❤️

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  9. The very first line is a wonderful entrance into this strange, intriguing world you are creating here. A great start.

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    1. It was a place suggested to me by the cards.

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  10. Ahh...that upright unswerving youth....all is possible except perhaps failure or maybe it rests on the flip. We shall see.

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    1. Not a great way to conquer death by hacking away at life...

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  11. I love the explosive personality of the magician, and the chaos that oozes out of his action and pronouncement.

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    1. I wanted to give him some volatility - I'm glad that came across.

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  12. This is brilliant. I look at my life, brilliant as it was, it was all a flip of a coin (with a touch of magic)

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    1. What would we do without the magical ingredient.

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  13. Oops, things turned here, Kerry. I loved the Fool calling his mentor a fool himself.
    ..

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  14. by "I", I hope this is just the first installment. A Tale looms, methinks ~

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    1. We shall see. It is Day I but I left it open for further installments.

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  15. Ahhhh! Perfect, Kerry! Day 1... da da daaahhh. What's next!?!

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  16. This was really good! You mentioned all of the symbols of Tarot in a lovely poem! Well done!

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  17. I often call my poetry pencil therapy. This month I may call itconfessions of a fool. I so like this piece. I too think there is more to come from this poetic beginning.

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