'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.' Kurt Vonnegut

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Return of the Magi

Th Journey of the Magi (1511)
Andrea del Sarto

My mind is missing
a vital part –
a tiny pendulum cog
like those that switch back and forth
inside old pocket watches
balanced with a chip of diamond
and necessary to basic function.
Without it, I don’t see
the need for polite conversation;
my smile has developed a mechanical hitch
which stalls it halfway.
I have given up on epiphany,
on cognition –
afraid that any thought
would lead me to retrace my steps,
go over the same ground,
rearrange the syntax of a single sentence
in the hopes it might say something
different. Anything
other than: Your journey has been nothing
more than wasted effort.
Maybe this is preferable to the discovery
that my fallen star is crowned with thorns.


The Sunday Mini-Challenge ~ In Other Words

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the Year of Ebola, Mephisto

"Hell is just a frame of mind." — Christopher Marlowe (Dr. Faustus)

Flight of Faust and Mephisto (1886)
Mikhail Vrubel

In the Year of Ebola,
Mephisto shed his disguise,
his grey friar robes,
and wore a public face
while we shuddered behind
our newspapers and looked
to the Distributor of Lies
for an older truth.
We could no longer ignore
the body count, not when the bodies
piled up against our door frames
even when we had not summoned them
but sought to confine them
to another part of the world.

In the Year of ISIS,
Mephisto walked uncontested,
not searching for the corruptible man
since he was not hidden
and we tried to close our eyes
to the grim reaping
under the glare of desert sun.
He learned to love the light:
sin’s ardent visibility,
while we cowered
behind the crumbling wall
of democracy, reassured
we still held the higher ground,
safe on our streets, in a morning café,
our children in their schoolrooms
learning just the right way
that History stands to be repeated
and there will be blood.


Ah, Mephistopheles! - The Wednesday Challenge in The Imaginary Garden.

Although Mephistopheles appears to Faustus as a demon – a worker for Satan – critics claim that he does not search for men to corrupt, but comes to serve and ultimately collect the souls of those who are already damned. Farnham explains, "Nor does Mephistophiles first appear to Faustus as a devil who walks up and down in earth to tempt and corrupt any man encountered. He appears because he senses in Faustus’ magical summons that Faustus is already corrupt, that indeed he is already 'in danger to be damned'. (Source)

The name, Mephistopheles is thought to be derived from the Hebrew, meaning 'distributor of lies'. Another source cites the Greek translation as ' not light-loving'.

Ebola Epidemic 2014

The Rise of ISIS

Police Shootings of Unarmed Men

Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe

Children Massacred in Pakistan School