Thursday, December 31, 2015
“Women Breaking Through”
by Toni Truesdale
“Women are breaking through the bitter darkness,
Caused by centuries of patriarchal domination after stealing the Mother Right.
Millennia of struggle, against poverty, plagues,
Disease, persecution, inquisition, rape, genocide, slavery, feudalism, imperialism...
The last one hundred years of unprecedented toll on human life:
Europe, Hiroshima, Africa, Indochina,
Central and South America,
Balkan wars, the Mideast....
The continued destruction of indigenous cultures, spirituality, languages;
The extinction of species;
Poisoning of the planet.
Women need to come forward to rebalance the forces of life with the children of the world. May we will speak in one unified multicultural voice of peace, preservation and protection.
And we will break through....”
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
“The Legend of Prester John”
“Perhaps the purpose of pilgrimage is to seek a great spiritual truth;
Search for protection, absolution, healing...
Too, there is the need for the magical...
Wander into the realm of the elusive mage king, Prester John.
Just like the Magi,
We are still in search for this magnificent bestiary,
That sacred space between yesterday and tomorrow ,
The vast fantastical empire of Prester John,
Timeless, mysterious, immortal, supernatural, alchemical;
Land of enchanted creatures and river of Paradise;
Reputed to be located somewhere between
The red plains of Africa and indigo mountains of Tibet
Lies the legacy of the Beautiful Black Sheba
And the bleached bones of her beloved Solomon;
As under the ancient sands rest the reliquary of saints,
The tomb of St. Thomas, with the long sought grail.
There is that medieval place of the magnificent conjureman, Prester John.
Not the John of Darkness,
The Baptist, Emperor, orThe Divine;
The Great, Popes I and III, not John Paul II,
Gaunt, Damascus, The Cross, King ( not a good man, was he);
Not even Brother John, or Burlington John..
Neither Revelating John of the Seven Seals,
Nor Ole John Henry.
But the trickster kingman, Prester
We keep looking for you, John...”
- Toni Truesdale
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Path of Tears
Historical grief slips secretly generation into generation
Unseen yet visible emotionally
In sterile familiar poverty;
Pain, sacrifice still poisons unresolved time,
Victims caught in moments of past tragedy
Leaving a legacy of tears that haunt children presently.
Adults respond by drinking away impersonal pain
Leading to destruction, self imposed this time, again
From senses becoming incomplete
And, the land murmurs in despair, as well as in
The very air
Filters atmosphere, pathos steeped ...
Spirits all around
Some Native to this land, others brought to serve and slave
Still overlapping the sequence
beyond dying, out side the living
Imprints of sorrow nestled in the soil
Discerned by the unconscious living mind
The footprints of historic grief....