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I sought pathways remembered
of old, Thin Places
where I had encountered
and been acknowledged
by illuminating
Spirit, embracing who
I am, dancing with all
I was becoming.
Now I find that Powers
and Authorities have
been busy: barricading,
assembling, Thickening,
working to silence
haunted whispers, block
ethereal flow.
Yet Remnants linger:
hints of glory that was,
that again will be.
Merlin's call, Tennyson's
verse urge me onward:
"Follow the Gleam."  I glimpse
streams of color and light
revealing hidden
contours, magic etched
into fabric of all
that is.
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 6 10
Hard to Escape
At this point, it is
hard to escape the
conclusion that if
my soul-mate exists,
she is, as am I, a
time traveler, and we
keep meeting in the wrong
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First Song
Troubles small and large
arrive as legion,
assaulting consciousness
with near-constant barrage,
threatening to overwhelm
with dread and despair.
But cicada's first song
finds me unexpectedly,
gentle but insistent
reminder that summer
is yet newly dawned,
season of light and life
in which thousands of
glorious moments
wait to ripen and
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Distant Star
I walk alone, refugee
on my own native
soil, alien among
my own kind, yearning
for spirits kindred;
finding only truncated
connections, relationships
that cannot survive
beyond superficial
But suddenly, light
from distant star, love
from distant heart dawns
above farthest horizon,
searching with intention
until deepest fathoms
of my soul are touched with
tender, intimate
Doors shut since long before
memory can grasp now
open to possibility,
to hope that what was lost
may yet be found, what
was broken may yet
be made whole.
Melody both ancient
and new surrounds and
permeates my spirit;
every breath and heartbeat
echoes to celestial
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All I Can Find
I long for meaningful
connections, for bonds of
deep affection to
sisters and brothers,
fathers and mothers,
daughters and sons in
sincere communities
of Spirit and Truth.
But all I can find
are the well-organized
franchises of the
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 7 12
My real home
can only be found
on a map of places
that don't exist.
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 16 6
Mission Statement
To prepare and equip
students to defend
against the dark arts of
prejudice, conformity,
and ignorance.
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 6 0
All Who Wait
Get me out of this
office; unchain me
from this cubicle;
spare me the insanity
of your spreadsheets.
I must get out, beyond
these walls, those you can
see and those you can
I need to sing sweet songs
with Sufis, dance with
wandering Daoists, drop
knowledge with mad drunken
Pentecostals; to
imagine with Prophets
and Poets, Druids
and Bards, Seers and
Seekers, Mystics and
Magi, Lunatics and
Lovers of the Moon, and
all who wait eagerly
for starlit hours when minds
may grow to fill vast
empty spaces with visions
and wonders, with miracles
and signs of glorious
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 7 4
Without a Syllabus
I've thrown out the rubrics,
burned the pre-planned and
outcomes.  From here on
we teach and learn and
unlearn without a
syllabus.  Our class
meets here and our class
meets now, wherever these
dimensions may find
themselves to be.
We shall make our ears and
eyes, minds and hearts like
vast thirsty sponges,
ever embracing
wild curiosity,
gleefully rejoicing
that our peculiar
addiction neither has
nor needs any cure.
We will re-member
the long-forgotten;
we will discover
that not yet known;
we will imagine what
has never yet been
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 5 3
Her Mighty Heart
Many tales of Dragons
describe fierce beasts greedily
hoarding gathered gold;
destroying any who
oppose or annoy,
breathing volcanic flames
to roast and boil pesky
knights in their armor
(which makes them crunchy
and good with ketchup).
But a young dragon
of my acquaintance
resembles such stories
not at all.  What bursts from
within her mighty heart
is no consuming nor
destructive fire, but
generative energies,
imagining and
forging new wonders
into being.  Her vast
wealth consists not of
hoarded riches, but her
many creations of
joy and delight,
works she gives freely
to those blessed to cross
her path.
She is the rare and
precious sort of being
who adds to the sum
of light and love in
existence, making the
world better merely
by being in it.
Into any heart touched
by her magic she speaks
gentle but powerful
enchantments for bright suns
and strong winds to grace
the skies before them.
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Home No Longer
I made long journey home
to find Home no longer
was; in its place drifted
fragmented feelings,
segmented voices
whispering echoes of
memory across
landscape re-imagined
and re-built into
spiritual oblivion.
I now find myself an
exile, ex-patriated
from my own story,
un-tethered from moments
and places where defining
connections were forged.
Departing this path that
was, I go further,
stepping up and stepping
out of this Plane, my soul
already declaring
unspoken allegiance
to a Realm beyond
tomorrow's horizon,
resonating with rhythms
of unwritten histories
waiting to unfold.
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 7 3
Nocturnal Rainbow
Sister Moon appears
un-looked for, peeking
through gap in stormy
night sky.
Around her shine subtle
but singular colors:
lunar glory refracted
into soft, nocturnal
Meaning echoes deeply from
this rare manifestation,
bypassing mind and
emotion to speak
directly to my soul,
ushering me into
the thin places, wherein
barriers between
what is dreamed
and what is
grow permeable;
where questions I had not
dared to ask are embraced
by the promise of
all that aches to
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Out of Sync
She sings: can't keep quiet,
yet in my discontent
I can make no sound,
can neither find the words
nor fathom the thoughts
to decipher the
disquiet lurking far,
far below.
Distant hints of memories
haunt my horizons,
whispering promise and
prophecy, inspiring
tales wherein hope and
history rhyme.
But my steps remain
yet out of sync with
the Sanctified Rhythms.
I cannot translate the
echoes resonating
softly but persistently
from deep within hidden
chambers: mysterious
enchantments interwoven
with melancholy.
An enigma I
cannot begin to
answer until I
embrace and grapple, breathe
and bleed, live and die
and resurrect with
this singular question.
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 6 4
Harmonies Rain Down
We wait, lingering
minds pulled between axes
of worry and hope for
what may occur when the
King's men arrive to wake
every child from long
enchanted slumber.
But none of many
not-yets that would
dominate our thoughts
if allowed are worthy
of such privilege.  
Doing so would miss
the singularly
attentive presence that
dwells with us in this
dreamspace, this time between
moments, where no clock
holds jurisdiction;
time yet unnoticed,
unclaimed by would-be
principalities and
Wild harmonies rain down,
flow and thunder across
the landscapes of our souls,
permeating every
layer of being,
whispering without words
into every ear
who it is we really
are, prophesying what
we will become.
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 5 7
Beyond Visible and Invisible
None fathom how deep
the still waters flow.
Most observers take her
for what she appears:
small girl, quiet, calm,
serene.  Few look past
her not quite three foot
stature to notice her
soul casting long shadows
beyond visible
and invisible
Her sleight frame encompasses
and contains vast, chaotic
storms: visions encircled
by streams of untamed
energy, potent
generative forces
conceiving, birthing new
kingdoms, new worlds,
new planes of existence.
Nothing yet conceived
in any philosophy
could subdue nor dominate
her spirit; her heart
is kin to wildest
elementals, and
supernovas recognize
her as one of their
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Aching to Transcend
They want you kept inside
their lines; your thoughts, feelings,
your very dreams confined
to this side of well-marked
boundaries, your feet
never wavering
from well-worn paths toward
pre-approved goals with
predictable outcomes.
But your mind was not
made to survive inside
such walls; within you
are seeds aching to
transcend, grow beyond
all imposed dimensions.
Do not remain in this small,
unchanging, disenchanted
world; to stay here would
amputate your soul.
Let veils be lifted;
eyes opened to behold
shamanic vision.  Keep
reaching beyond, keep
seeking wonders that
eagerly await your
encounter.  Let multitudes
within you sing in
discordant elemental
harmonies the songs of
your native undiscovered
country: vast dreamscapes
where all realities
dance with endless streams
of wild, shape-shifting
:iconappliedphilosopher:AppliedPhilosopher 5 8


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8:12 am
Sep 19, 2018
10:06 am
  • Listening to: Doctor Who soundtrack
  • Reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: The Roast of Bruce Willis
  • Playing: with the Laws of Physics
  • Eating: Pringles
  • Drinking: Tampico Citrus Juice
Today is my birthday.  It's been an interesting day.


Defender Against the Dark Arts
United States
Current Residence: Physically: North Carolina; Existentially: on the borderlands of the Otherworld...
Favourite genre of music: Many and varied
Favourite photographer: LittleLotteTJDL
Favourite style of art: I have affection for many styles.....
Operating System: Improbability Drive
MP3 player of choice: I'm old-fashioned (or obsolete?) and usually just use my CD player....
Shell of choice: I prefer those containing turtles to those containing snails...
Wallpaper of choice: My wall decorations are fairly random and chaotic.
Skin of choice: I don't go in for plastic surgery...
Favourite cartoon character: Samurai Jack
Personal Quote: "You need to believe in things that aren't true. How else can they become?"--Terry Pratchett

With what orientation do you identify? 

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Thank you!  :hug:  I've been lazy most of the day, but I'm going to try to go out and enjoy the nice weather.  :D
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