Mendoza Line: derived from the name of baseball shortstop Mario Mendoza, who had an exceedingly poor batting average, the Mendoza line is the cutoff point representing the threshold of utter incompetence (when a player’s presence on a Major League team cannot be justified). The Mendoza line-as-concept can be applied to any realm — business, government, leadership, the paltry response of mainstream members of the GOP to the phenomenon of Trumpism and McConnellism (which will haunt the political party for decades to come), or the lackadaisical response of the global community to verified realities of the climate crisis and its impending impact upon sustainable civilization.


People talk intellectually about the Three Worlds.

They read Eliade or Harner or some other book

about “shamanism” and immediately cast their eyes

outward, downard, upward. The Three Worlds are within you.

The entry into them is within you. The challenges of these realms

are within you, from the issues of the lower chakras to the higher ones.

Your hang-ups and addictions, your moving

beyond the things that hook you, to your true sources of

energy and power for your life. They are within you.

You can’t really relate to The Three Worlds outside of you

until you’ve become a master of The Three Worlds within you.

This is the nature of the initiation that is before the entire planet.

The macro is within the micro. The micro within the macro.

— doña Río —


I. LOWER WORLD / LOWER CHAKRA

Face it.

We have a President who was shaped by a love-withholding Iron Maiden Mommy

and a KKK-loving, black-hating Daddy…

…and this, my friends, has led to a man

who views women as objects to be toyed with

and tossed aside,

and brown and black people

as expendable.

On busses, beyond what he thinks is within earshot,

he talks about “grabbing pussies”,

and forcing himself on women

because…”when you’re a star, they let you do it.

You can do anything.” [direct quote: 45th President of the United States]

Some of you elected this smarmy bastard as the President

and you’re using your Fake “Christianity”

as justification for keeping him in office,

as justification for his slow-killing of babies on the border.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.

I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

— Matthew 25:35

Jesus said: “Let the little children come to me,

and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven

belongs to such as these.”

— Matthew 19:14

Oh, how far you’ve drifted GOP,

oh, how far you’ve drifted Franklin Graham;

all of you — your Daddy’s Great Pretenders.

In the coming years,

you simply cannot imagine

the Hell you and your children will know.

II. MIDDLE WORLD

I don’t know how it is with householders.

Zen monks and nuns either.

I’m not even really sure about other hermits I know.

We so rarely cross paths.

We so rarely compare notes.

When we do manage to bend the line of time,

we sit under the lantern-bright moon

and lose ourselves in storied vats of wine.


I haven’t seen any cloud-omens today.

However, this much I know.

Though I know it is all coming,

I really don’t want to hear the words: I told you so.

It really doesn’t look good from here.

It’s why the real hermits in the mountains

have been saying the same thing for centuries,

over and over and over and over:

If you don’t learn to treat the Mother like a mother,

she will turn on you like an angry jilted lover.


III. UPPER WORLD

enantiodromia: originally coined by the Greek philosopher Stobaeus, it is a principle introduced in the West by C.G. Jung and refers to the tendency of psychic energy to swing to extremes until a new equilibrium is found. It is, in essence, a way of explaining how psychic forces in a person or nation transmogrifies into its shadow opposite before finding balance.

There are eyes upon us.

They are watching this strange shapeshifting.

They are taking notes.

They are writing a history that will go

into an invisible library far from here.

Though their penmanship is in the form

of neurons, cells, thoughts, and bones,

what they write down becomes the ebb and flow

of individual karma and collective fates.



(c) 2019 / Frank LaRue Owen / purelandpoetry.com

sound: Cave Dwellers / The Serpent’s Lair / Steve Roach + Byron Metcalf

image: “The Three Worlds” / Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM / Frank LaRue Owen

link source: The link above goes to a Soundcloud podcast entitled “Deep Adaptation” by Jem Bendell. I learned of it from a VICE article entitled The Climate Change Paper So Depressing It’s Sending People to Therapy

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