Sometimes the mesh that holds life together bends under a weight.
It isn't like stone, or granite, or slate.
It isn't like the weight of all the ice that's melting left and right.
It isn't like the fragile gravity that keeps us all held like children in our mother's embrace.
It is a weight that goes against the soft flow of all that is sweet and natural.
Arcane energies are bubbling up again --
in this our shared curriculum of Dark Learning.
I feel that weight in this pain-racked body.
I see that weight in the slumped spines
and down-turned eyes
of the people I pass
who've forgotten their beauty,
who are filled with fears they don't belong.
When men and women and whole cultures forget to do their Shadow Work
the unseen helpers and healers are chased out of the village.
Pain-Demons slip in,
and they aim to do nothing
but knock down the shrines that hold us together.
When a Dark Age arrives, we have to call on the old travelers for aid,
and you and me
as much as we
would have this leg of our journey be
one lived with more peace and soft sovereignty
are wandering through a Dark Age now.
When a Dark Age arrives, we have to call on the old travelers for aid.
Persephone knows the road down and back.
Fudo knows how to sit in the fire and burn away these impurities.
Odin knows how to hang by the World Tree and see a new vision in time's great mirror.
Lao Tzu knows the way to restore balance to body and mind.
Aceso, Asclepius, Ratri, Shalim
and a million and one other guides of healing and dreaming
are waiting for the fires and candles to be lit
are waiting for the calling-songs to be lifted
are waiting for the animal dances
to mark another season of driving pain out of the body through the body itself.
The old ones say
when we get to the point where we can't even name our shared ailment
the only antidote is to pick a night and call-in a new dream together,
and since the whole world has grown tired of holding up these banners of war
let that night be this one.
(c) 2017 / Frank LaRue Owen / purelandpoetry.com
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