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Open Shed

Hermetic twins circling
near the Bermuda Triangle
with sailors' hearts
and tears of pearls

The world can be our oyster
and our irritation, a lump in the throat
an iridescent descent
through the layers of music

Strings that can never be broken
pull us back to higher ground
step up the sails, guiding angels
give these lost sailors articulation

Petals peal from the Kore
through the cracking pan of clay and sand
and the sun rose full lotus
from the innermost veins

On the other side She attends you
with drops of lunar dew
Sheds her veil like a cloud
lights the candle behind your eyes

Weather gazers with magewinds
Fall guy and scrape goat
return to the lustral, return to Shakti
Feast of the Ingathering, stolen Epiphany

Two sets of warp threads
are open waiting for the next
yarn to cross through
that is known as an "open shed"

Dreamed "we" saw one twin moon
pass directly in front of the other
the caked glowing surfaces
just a hundred miles away

"What a beautiful moon," I said
though I really meant "moons"
one eclipsed the other
yet no shadow was thrown

The teacher gave instruction:
"let your spine be like a string of pearls"
Turned around and felt it
I had snaked through the eye of the storm

Whosoever spirals down
will eventually spiral out
Her hands rest upon your temples
banishing the final ripples

"Kore's resurrection represented the seasonal return of vegetation. She was also the World Soul animating each human soul, and looking out of the eyes. Reflection in the pupil of an eye was known as the Kore or "Maiden" in the eye...The Bible calls either a daughter or a soul "the apple of thine eye" (Proverbs 7:2); and of course every apple had a Kore"

- Barbara G. Walker "THE WOMEN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS"

by Amy Trussell

     

Small Fairy by Ragen Mendenhall

"Small Fairy"
By Ragen Mendenhall

     

Amy Trussell's work has been published in many diverse publications, including Poetry Flash, the Prague Revue, Juxta, Kick It Over, Woman of Power, Oshun Afrikan Quarterly, Attitude Dancer's Magazine, Revision, Mothering, Midwifery Today, the New Orleans Review and Yellow Silk. She has choreographed dance to poetry and/or music and performed it in San Diego, on Channel 19 in Nashville, at The Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco for several years consecutively, and most recently at Loyola University in New Orleans. She is also the C.E.O. of Front Porch Records. Amy can be reached at TheLoom@metro.net.

   
 
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