Catechism For A Witches Child

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“Catechism for a Witch’s Child”

 

When they ask to see your gods
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling
streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drank
the holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother
who never taught you
death was life’s reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and in a million, million light years
of being.

J.L. Stanley via Saturn Rising

 

Image: Miranda 

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anastasia
anastasia

Sometimes I miss beautiful posts like this Mystic and I feel so glad when I go review a few things you might have written just for me and run across this beauty!! <3

chirochiq
chirochiq

Thanks Mystic!
This is one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever read. Some beautiful soaring spirit encapsulated in words there, it makes me feel like i could fly through time and space just reading it. xx Pure magic!

sagitta
sagitta

I just have to say this: Typo in the 8th line. It should be “and in nights so frozen” not “and in night’s so frozen.” No apostrophe when you are using a plural form!

Other than that, it’s a beautiful poem.

perfectpisces
perfectpisces

Pisces photo? “of the mother that never taught you” got me.. saw the photo and then read the poem ..

plutonic gem
plutonic gem

wow… that is a beautiful poem… i love it!

andromeda
andromeda

Amazing poem!!! Thank you for that one MM. Makes the soul feel like soaring. I would like to be a mother like the one he speaks of in the poem. Beautiful.

Libraquarius
Libraquarius

Since we’re on to poetry, I thought I’d post this. It’s more Uranian but it’s got the same featherlight feeling about it that suits the times. I got this from Panhala which is a daily post of poetry/music/art on Yahoo Groups. Always lightens my day: When the Shoe Fits Ch’ui the draftsman Could draw more perfect circles freehand Than with a compass. His fingers brought forth Spontaneous forms from nowhere. His mind Was meanwhile free and without concern With what he was doing. No application was needed His mind was perfectly simple And knew no obstacle. So, when the shoe… Read more »

Libraquarius
Libraquarius

Oops, forgot, it’s by a poet called Chuang Tzu.

sagitta
sagitta

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thanks for posting!

sagitta
sagitta

Oh, thank you for pointing me to Pahala– the gorgeous photographs, the beautiful poems– thank you! thank you!

I am so overcome with joy that if you were here, I would hug you and squeeze you like a lemon! Oh frabjous day, calloo callay!

aqualala
aqualala

Love this.

Inger
Inger

My goodness! The word catechism twice in one day…what is to become of me??
Seriously, that is a beautiful poem, thank you for sharing.

fushiafairy
fushiafairy

lovely beyond belief.

MusicalLibran
MusicalLibran

It’s the beautiful Welsh actress Glynis Johns in Miranda from 1948. You may remember her as Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins too.

Little Joey
Little Joey

Thank you for that – I KNEW I knew the face but just couldn’t place it

Virgo nark
Virgo nark

where is the image from Mystic? Gorgeous everything

fishgirl
fishgirl

That poem is so beautiful it made me cry.

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