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Part 4. The Gates of Dis and Da'ath -
the long, long, way home

Eleusis; Live; La luna piena viene soltanto una volta al mese (the full moon comes only once a month); In Vain; Fool; 1; 16/8/97; Moments in Love; Lothopagi; Mandala Parts 1 & 2; Da'ath

Eleusis

I stand considering
the gateways of Dis
and Da'ath
and something pushes me in
while I leave my consciousness
behind, to enter dark tunnels
of the Truths that hurt.

I hover over the earth
by a few inches
as the dry grass
brushes against my feet
and deeper
in the tunnel
I see through the dark
a face I know
speaking
words I know
and I grab the knife
and stab the face seven times
I feel the hate
I feel the fear
I feel the blood
ad I get visions
of a man
burning himself in a tree
a field in fire,
many faces,
some I know
dressed
in black
in the darkness

screams
I stab
and I'm being stabbed
I see people looking at me
I need to kill
I need to do it.
Help me!
Who the hell am I?
I need to know! I'm burning!
What is the meaning of it all?

*** *** ***

I see my Self.
I see the light at the end.

 

Live!

I will not tell you
"Live long."
I'll just say
"Live."

La luna piena viene soltanto una volta al mese

La luna piena viene soltanto una volta al mese,
ed e' proprio in questa luce
che alcuni uomini
trovano i loro radici
e diventono "licantropi";

Ed' e' proprio in quel buio
che alcune donne
cantando canzoni archaiche
diventano gatti sacri;

Ed' e' proprio in quella notte
che nella selva oscura
si scopre la luce
dentro le tenebre.

La luna piena viene soltanto una volta al mese,
e si deve godere
al massimo.

The full moon comes only once a month

The full moon comes only once a month
and it is in this very light
that some men
find their roots
and become "wolves";

And it is in that very darkness
that some women
singing archaic songs
become sacred cats;

And it is in that very night
that in the wild woods
the light is discovered
in the darkness.

The full moon comes only once a month
and it should be enjoyed
to the maximum.

In Vain

I live
in the vain
hope
of becoming
again
what I was
before.

Fool

When you've been hurt
so many times you
cannot feel the pain,
you can proudly say
that you are the fool
at the edge
of the precipice.

 

1

A no. 1
in a world
of 2s.

16/08/97

I'd like
to say
"This is the end of it all."
but I cannot
make head
or tail
of it.

Moments in Love

I'm alone
Far away
sifting the sands
through my fingers
on the beach of my life,
searching for the
moments in love.

It seems so long ago
I know,
but they must be here.
Somewhere.

I can't find them
but I still remember.

So fast these passions,
so slow these moments in love.

Lothopagi

Feed me,
feed me,
feed me the fruits of amnesia.
Give me the water
of Lethe to drink
Feed me
and let me forget
what I know;
let me eat the lotus fruit
let me forget where we're going to
let me forget all I know

feed my hungry soul

Mandala

Part 1. Creation and Construction.

Drone of mantras
Shanti, Shanti,
swirling incense
Shanti, Shanti.

A circle drawn on the floor
in four parts split
and a map of Atmanja
drawn into it.

The plan of God -
MANDALA!

Part 2. Destruction and Dispersal

The doors of consciousness
are opened,
and the wind that blew
the kite away
swirls the mandala
all over the place,
the roads of Atmanja
collapsing into the Abyss.

In swirling spirals
the mandala is turned
till the paths are never seen again.

The plan of Ayn Soph-
MANDALA!

Da'ath

By setting the wheel in motion
the sleeping serpent will be
awakened,
pinging blue circles of light
to my brain.

After that there is the darkness.
And after that yet something else awaits us.

 

Some brief explanations due to you all...

Eleusis is the name of a place in Greece in which secret rites of initiation took place. Little is known about these rites due to forced secrecy by those who took part in them. However there is reason to think that it involved passing through a dark tunnel and re-emerging into the light. I had, just before writing the poem, found my way into a very dark tunnel, and there was a place where I felt all the fears coming up to me. Similarly, in our lives, before we start to progress, we must realise the fear around us and in us, we must realise that we are capable of committing the greatest evil, sins that would make Adolf Hitler look like a saint. Only then can we start our path towards the "good life" about which a lot has been spoken of by the religious and the philosophical. Before we realise our inner light, we must face our darker side.
Live! is pretty explanatory. Same thing with La luna piena.
In Vain; 1; 16/8/97 : when I wrote these only God and me knew what I meant. Today only God knows.
Fool : inspired by the Tarot card named "The Fool", pictured to the right of the poem, showing a young innocent boy, about to be initiated into the world, his clothes the colours of youth. His initiation will throw him into the Abyys, which in Kaballah (Jewish mystic system) is Da'ath, the hollow space dividing (or uniting?) the divine world from the material world. Da'ath, translated, is reason.
Moments in Love : Title taken from the famous hit by the Art of Noise, speaks about the moments in love (clever way to avoid explanation, right? :) )
Lothopagi : The Lothopagi, or Lotus Eaters, were a tribe of people featured in the Odyssey who used to eat the lotus fruit and thus forget all the troubles. Only problem was that it gave them amnesia, and thus they almost all forgot their quest. We may not be ready to face reality, but that means escaping our quest. The waters of Lethe are the water of a river in the Greek underworld, which the deceased drank from and forgot all their life.
Mandala Parts 1 & 2 : This is inspired by the Tibetan tradition of constructing a mandala (a circle depicting the unity and structure of the cosmos), and then destroying it.

 

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