the Crystal River

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just a glance
a deer head on a plate
fresh fruits from exotic lands
the pagan feast
garbed in white at spring time
tied bouquets of flowers and thyme

rivers waters, churning
exotic birds burning
the pagans cook the calfs in the mothers stomachs
tunics with one arm unburdened
a funeral's the last stop on a journey
as cry the youngest ones

may day festival
breathe in deep,
gold streams of pollen
cascading like the current
of the often worshipped river
-that's when the girls hang wreathes upon your neck
and the druids anoint your forehead
go off in flowing robes
push the longboat off into the rocks
-later buried in mud
-buried in sand
at the seashore
gangs of shackles approach
stark reminders of your past
and fantasies
set on fine china at the banquet table
soon to be set on fire in a wooden carcass
whipped up by the wind

pale hands
on white cloth
flecked with red
touched by a monastic
one dagger
plunging deep down
to take the heart
from the chest
and in this river
the priests will wash their hands
and they light a wicker man
at the river's mouth
majesty of flames
and that reflection
causes all the men
to turn blind


from the Crystal River, released January 1, 2014




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