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18 August 2004 @ 10:01 am
Poetry time  
Phoenix stands
on the edge of the fire,
pushes a final branch into the red
core with the last of his strength.
His claws, bruised from the flint,
dig feebly into the dust. This close the
heat feels wonderful -- he's always cold,
these days.
He preens, pulls forth a draggled
feather. The bright plumes have gone grey as ash.
There was a time, he remembers, when he was
a spinning flare of red and gold -- a time
before the tightening pain stole the sky
from under his wings. But would it be worthwhile,
he muses,
to go through it all again -- bones cracking
in the heat, the terrible stench of burning
feathers -- when the only end he'll ever reach
is one from which he must begin again, and again,
and again?
Through milky eyes he watches
the flames leap higher and wonders
what it might be like to die
without the sickening heat of the pyre,
to come to an end that might finally
let him rest. Rebirth is all he knows --
he would welcome a thousand years of sleep.
He settles to the ground
and watches the heart of the fire.
For now,
he is content to be warm.
 
 
 
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happiness is not a potatocumaeansibyl on August 18th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad you added that caveat, because -- well, fuck off, it's my idea. :)

(I'm considering doing some artwork for it, actually. I have some new charcoals and crayons that I'd love to try out...)
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happiness is not a potatocumaeansibyl on August 18th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC)
I was just going to say... :)
The Adagio of Days: Coffeespoonsfirynze on August 18th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
That is positively fabulous. Particularly because I'm rather attached to the concept of the phoenix and you've executed that very well.

*applauds*

Mind if I save that for personal use?
happiness is not a potatocumaeansibyl on August 18th, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
Sure, go ahead. I'll let you know if I get around to drawing him, too. (I don't know why I've given him the male gender, since my strongest phoenix association is with the Lady Lazarus, but it seemed to fit for this one. *shrug*)
The Adagio of Daysfirynze on August 18th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC)
Oooooh, excellent.

I've gotten one of my friends commissioned to do a knotwork-phoenix messenger bag for me, to replace my poor worn out one. Black phoenix on a yellow and black bag.

Must have more phoenikoi! *grins*

(and yeah, this phoenix just feels male...*shrug*)
happiness is not a potatocumaeansibyl on August 18th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
Now, wasn't there only one phoenix in myth? I seem to recall that, though of course myths change depending on who you ask.
The Adagio of Daysfirynze on August 18th, 2004 09:13 am (UTC)
That really depends on what culture's mythology you're going from.

Russian myth, there are several phoenix, all in different (though very far-flung) places. Middle Eastern myth, I believe there's only one. Greek myth...yeah, think there's only one, but the capacity for pluralization exists, so I'm not entirely clear on it.

There are definitely multiple phoenix in China.
The Adagio of Daysfirynze on August 18th, 2004 09:14 am (UTC)
And...dude. Inspiration bolt. I just got ideas for Storytime!

*runs off to write*
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High Priestess of Anakin pr0n: Phoenix my tattooacaciah on August 18th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
Lovely! Are you aware that the Phoenix is the avatar of poetry and prose in Kabbalic magick?

...I wasn't; he kept popping up in my poetry and that's how I came on my tattoo. :D
happiness is not a potatocumaeansibyl on August 18th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hm, I didn't know that at all. Interesting.