Alice of Sky and Earth [Cheshire treasure shepherd, nest, sir, chest. of.Alice of Sky and Earth by AzizrianDaoXrak
I am only as real
as the teeth that spread themselves into a smile,
the eyes that wait to see the air ripple.
I fear people who call things simple.
I kneel at the hearth
and dirty my knees in the sienna-brown earth
and throw fistfuls of ashes
against the mountains
great stalactites growing down into the cover of clouds.
The theory of relativity
says that I can borrow time
by turning back the hands of clocks.
I would remove
those shining prison teeth one by one.
My body roves
the length and breadth of well-shafts,
roves like the machines built for Mars; but not
On Ariadnethe loom of lust:On Ariadne by Vigilo
In the heart of your ears,
and till your outstretched feet
the spinner of mad red has corrupted,
her fingers like dragonflies threading
bark and twined grass into your hair
around your sure wrists, your angled feet
'this is love, my shining bride-to be,' you whisper,
and disappear with her among billowing black sails.
the abandonment of Ariadne:
He wooed you in a labyrinth of spinners,
and wed you in black sails, beneath jealous skies.
'Sleep and tomorrow you shall be Queen of Athens,'
Ariadne, sleep, tomorrow the sun will shine,
and the sea will ebb sympathetic away from
these deserted sands.
the death, or descent:
Spin, my hanging nymph,
sleep and let the dryad-tree's shadow
ease your descent.
The spinning nymph for our mad lord,
the gentleness for the grapes of wrath
and the delight for the madness,
come. Drink, be it ambrosia or wine,
be it mother and son, or nymph and lord.
Spin, lady, and drink, lord,
and I will breat
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“Who has called me here?” the woman sighed, in a rasping voice so different from her own Jaquelyn checked for another speaker. The medium sat stiffly in her high-backed chair, eyes unfocused and unseeing.
Mr. Nelsson, their unfortunate host, tried to look composed as he cowered away from the medium’s right hand, clasped in his own. But he took responsibility, clearing his through and steeling himself. “We have, my fine…um…person. To whom do we speak?”
The medium inclined her head toward Nelsson and he shivered. “You have not answered me. I was called, and I have come, but a name is required as payment.” The last word rang out cold and ominous, and this time the whole room shivered with their host.
Jacquelyn could not resist a sidelong glance at the woman who sat across the table. Something still lit up her face, a smile—joyful, but without innocence—lingered in the corners of her mouth.
“T-Thomas Nelsson, at your service.”
The medium righted her head and settled slightly into the chair. “Very well,” she rasped, “ask your questions.”
“You may ask nine questions, no more. Ask your questions and release me.”
The room fell silent as all the guests exchanged glances.
“What should we ask?” the woman to Jacquelyn’s right hissed with a furtive glance at the medium. The evening thus far had followed the usual script for seances—which was to say, the medium had proceeded each activity with careful instructions for her audience, to “prevent something terrible from happening.” The medium had explained that they would be communicating with a spirit, and they must maintain the circle of clasped hands. But she had said nothing about questions, which meant—.
The medium expected this to go differently, Jacquelyn thought.
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I'm nearly who I'm meant to be.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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Alliterati Issue 9
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