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This Night [Dec. 21st, 2004|09:20 pm]
Tony Grist
I'm hopeless. I don't keep track of dates. And so I almost missed it- the Solstice, I mean.

I was asked for a poem and I said I would keep the window ajar. And something just flew in.

Voila....

THIS NIGHT

This Night.
This Night that trails the longest cloak-
Aldebaran the jewel at the throat
The Pleiades the jewel at the shoulder-
A red jewel and a clouded jewel-
This Night,

This Night a child is born
In some hole,
in some hutch,
In some place out of sight
Of whatever hunter is out for its blood.
There is always a hunter out for the blood
Of whatever child is born this night.

The Power,
The existing Power
With jewels arranged across its breast,
With a stamp for stamping the documents
That pass in succession across its desk
(It works so hard, poor thing, for our weal)
Is out for the blood (for it knows best)
For the blood of the child that is born this night.

But this Night keeps it secret
This Night keeps it holy:
The birth of the child in the dark among beasts-
Among bats among rats among kine among sheep-
Who will wear the sun as this Night wears stars,
The one red star and the cloud of stars,
Aldebaran and the Pleiades.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-21 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I didn't know that was about to ask to be written. It has left me feeling exhausted.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2004-12-21 11:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I am sitting here with tears in my eyes.

And now to read it again.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-21 11:24 pm (UTC)
And it bears the dedication -

"For Jackie"

Because you commissioned it.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2004-12-21 11:29 pm (UTC)
What a fine Christmas gift you have given us.

Thank you for this beautiful poem.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2004-12-22 12:02 am (UTC)
A fine solstice gift, that is.

Of course.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-22 08:23 am (UTC)
Solstice. Christmas. It's the same thing. The Child has lots of different names but they all signify love and peace and freedom.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2004-12-22 12:05 pm (UTC)
The Child has lots of different names but they all signify love and peace and freedom.

Thanks.

Maybe that's why this meant so much to me--I thought of the Child within myself, always struggling to be born.

In this shortest season of the year, we all around the world manage to touch that Child by play and ritual.

Maybe this year...
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From: morrison_maiden
2004-12-22 02:27 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I love the imagery of the red jewel.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-22 08:26 am (UTC)
You know Aldebaran, the red star- the eye of Taurus? It's high up in the sky at this time of year. And you draw a line from it travelling west and you come to the cluster of the Pleiades. :)
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[User Picture]From: qos
2004-12-22 03:23 am (UTC)
Beautiful.
I especially liked this line:

There is always a hunter out for the blood
Of whatever child is born this night.


Thank you for sharing with us.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-22 08:28 am (UTC)
Thanks.

It's a poem that wrote itself- as once in a while they do. It was almost like taking down from dictation.
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[User Picture]From: qos
2004-12-22 01:44 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean.
Those are rare and wonderful occurrences.
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[User Picture]From: kaysho
2004-12-22 04:22 am (UTC)
I like how the jewels keep cropping up in all their different contexts and meanings ...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-22 08:32 am (UTC)
It's odd. You start a poem- tentatively- and you don't know how it's going to progress, or even if you're even going to make it through to the end.

Then you reach the end and you see that there's this pattern that's been unfolding.
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From: amritarosa
2004-12-22 06:58 am (UTC)
wow. thank you.
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From: amritarosa
2004-12-22 06:59 am (UTC)
may I post it on my journal?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-22 08:19 am (UTC)
Please do. I'd be honoured.
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2004-12-22 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure you've written anything better.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-22 12:10 pm (UTC)
Neither am I.:)
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