When Black Water Horses Meet

Read this… then dream awhile. Then do you understand?

Signposts in the Mist

Why, once in a lifetime, do black water horses meet?

Why do they come slithering out of the peat bogs,
out of the mires, from lakes, ponds, estuaries, crooked bays,
coated in sphagnum and sundew, purple moorgrass, wild angelica,
tails filled with water-mint and bog asphodel, bog bush crickets between their ears,
covered in duck-weed, dashing with water-lilies, ribbeting with frog-song,
clacking with barnacles, bright with sea-stars, fronds of thongweed,
wireweed, dabberlocks, spiral wrack, in their startling manes?

Are they brought together by a herding instinct in their perilous unbones
by which they shift into the ubiquitous shapes of tall dark men
and seductive women with cotton grass in their lapels
or chewed in a strand between their teeth?
Long teeth… you’ll recognise them
by their hooves…

Do they come together because they hate each other so much?
Because they’re jealous of each other’s riders,
of each other’s prey?

Or…

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When Realms Collide

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From spirit, of spirit and to spirit,

Let those who have eyes see, and those who have ears hear.

Words were formed in an age of enlightenment:

The truth of equality is held to be self-evident,

As is the truth of endowed and unalienable rights.

 

The size, shape, age, color or gender of earthen vessels are irrelevant

In matters between spirits.

If you do not believe you are spirit,

Then your time here is wasted.

All spirit is born of spirit, and created equal.

 

Those born of spirit cherish equality.

Equality is the essence of the unalienable:

Everyone has the same rights, so rights cannot be lost.

If one right is denied, then equality becomes diminished.

Everyone is diminished until balance is restored.

 

Those born of spirit understand balance.

They walk a narrow path like the edge of a blade

Upon which the spiritual and physical realms pivot.

This deserves deep reflection:

It is the dance.

 

Others know only fear because of darkness;

Angry and paranoid of all that is different or changing.

They do not feel secure with equality.

They gather to defend and dominate.

There can be no peace without control, they cry.

 

There can be no peace until all feel secure.

There can be no justice without equality,

The scales must balance,

We must dance,

We must dream.

 

How can we respond to darkness?

 

 

Touch the Earth

The Earth is an omnipresent touchstone of reality for our people. We spend much time examining “data” and entertaining “opinions,” but little time touching reality. Touch the Earth to know what is real. 

Speak to the Earth. When you speak to anything, you give tribute. You pay attention, and that is the first requirement of learning. You must pay attention for more than a moment, though. 

Listen and watch. Give your attention to simple realities. Hear the wind, the breath of the Earth, rustle through the leaves of a tree. Watch as it brings the clouds of refreshing rain. Behold the brightness of the lightning bolt, the crack of its strike and lingering growl. Feel the warmth of the Sun and the solid foundation beneath your feet. Learn the nature of the Earth and you will understand how to walk upon it. 

The many voices of our kind easily distracts and overwhelms our attention. The power and glamour of technology augments the assault on our senses. There are many stories told to entertain and mesmerize, but the intention of most are to sell a product, service or idea. This can be dangerous when we struggle to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction. A touchstone is invaluable. 

People hold many opinions, so it is difficult to get people to agree on anything. When all but three nations agree that this world faces a serious climate problem, that consensus is tantamount to a miracle. How can this extraordinary historical event be explained? 

Touch the Earth. Feel your feet firmly planted in its reality. Speak to the Earth, then listen and watch. What is the most sensible explanation for such unprecedented human agreement?