The Door is Always Open

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“…that what you fear the most/could meet you halfway…” –Victoria Williams, “Crazy Mary”

The horns that
make you.  Tell me what
endures:  you,
masked with fear,
burning life to ashes,
the ender?  Or the most
wild transformation that could
be?  We meet
face to face.  But you
pause.  Halfway.

Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, was the inspiration for my junk mail collage and poem.  For some reason, it reminded me of the song “Crazy Mary” (it’s true, everything seems to remind me of a song); and I wrote another shovel poem.  Although Victoria Williams wrote the song, I’m partial to Eddie Vedder’s version.

I was reading recently that many scholars think the Devil is really all the horned gods of pagan religions turned into pure evil by the early Christian church.  Gods inspire fear as well as reverence.  Whether Devil or God of Fertility–both know the ways of the snake.

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28 responses to “The Door is Always Open”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    Wow–there is so much to think about here! I love your take on the photo, too. Gods or humans–which came first?
    And more weird synchronicity–we both wrote about opening doors today. 🙂

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  2. Sue Vincent says :

    Now this is wonderful, Kerfe. I am not at all convinced by the demonisation of natural forces…though I know it happened. There is a ‘wild side’ to humanity, that we ignore at our peril. As such, many images that elicit an unsettling are not evil, but may be personifications of the creative force.

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  3. Claudia McGill says :

    I like the connection back all the way to where things are lost in the mists. What wonderful artwork as well, a powerful presence.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Claudia. Things are rarely as clear as we might wish them to be.
      I always find the Devil to be a fertile subject. Not sure what that means.

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      • Claudia McGill says :

        For me I’m a person who doesn’t ask why about issues such as good and evil, I just try to deal with what is in front of me, and do the best I can. Heading toward good Is my goal. I am interested in topics such as you bring up here because they’d never occur to me to examine them.

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      • memadtwo says :

        I think everything contains its opposite, and we need to look at both. Humans have very different definitions of good and evil–witness the state of the world. So what you think is good, others might not agree with, might even violently disagree with.
        It’s a cliché, but very good things have come out of bad choices I’ve made. (And the opposite, too, of course.)
        Nature is neither good nor bad, it just is. “We are all stumbling in the dark”, so I think it’s best to keep an eye on as much as I can.

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  4. sheldonk2014 says :

    Simply beautiful (K)

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  5. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    Wow–those first two lines. The collage and poem are both so compelling.

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  6. Carol A. More says :

    Vewwwy vewwy cool….Also blown away by the tribute to Chris’ (Cornell: Soundgarten’s band member) and work you did “Black Hole Sun” to commemorate. I wanted to say how hauntingly beautiful your interpretation of the poem was. A reminder that we can take conscious pause when we are with others. There will always be signs that we can step in and step up to get them the help they need…walking hand in hand to a better place in this lifetime.

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  7. Pamela Morse says :

    Picasso was also into the horned beings..I love the collage..great vigor

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