Taming solitude, once again.

Taming solitude.

To find all four legs of the table (or all four Jungian elements).

To withstand winds.

Winds of fear, demons that used to scare;

but also gusts of delusion; and that which just hangs in the clouds, legless.

That which stands upside down but does not realise it.

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The-fool-upsidedown

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Sometimes we live upside down,

for long stretches.

It doesn’t necessarily feel upside down.

We don’t necessarily know it’s us.

It’s just that everything feels entangled.

Every movement in a cobweb, bringing the opposite effect from what was thought. Giving opposite signs from what was intended. Reading the letters upside down.

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100_names.png

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You say the life of the fool.

Walking backwards,

from death to birth.

Walking in both directions at once.

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Paths always crossing in the middle, which is now.

You say the life of the fool.

Well yes, the only life some of us have.

I’ve certainly sold my soul.

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dr_faustus

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Not for crime, not for sex, not for money.

I have forgotten that we have nothing.

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In between forgetting that we have nothing,

riches,

I have forgotten with which part we feel.

 

#TakeTheMaskOff

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Illustrations used, in turn:

  1. The fool card from the Rider-Waite Smith tarot deck (1910), upside down.
  2. The 72 Kabbalistic names of God.
  3. Dr Faustus selling his soul to the devil. Cover of the 1620 printing.

Bonus track: as Tracy Chapman’s mother apparently said.

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