scrying/figure 5 (poems)

Summer Solstice Scrying

I tried to write a poem in time for Summer Solstice

It was something about scrying in a coffee cup,
the dregs, marks left at the bottom
of a mug Teresa gave me one Christmas.
(I always use that mug, every morning.)

It is good luck. It reminds me of swimming
in a muddy lake with her, of laughing over nothing
way back in our college days.

Crescent moons of brown,
Full moons, sometimes double moons
what do they mean?  Do they mean anything?

Today, as I poured rich whipping cream
over a heavy spoon given to me by Kathie,
suddenly I noticed the shapes were wispy
angels, spirits, spinning, dancing on the dark
top of my morning hot cure for nightmares.

I stood, watching them fly around in circles,
one after another, there were three of these
light beings at first.  Then they broke up into
four, next five (in numerology 5 means
complicated family.)

I stopped staring & drank my coffee. It was good.
This last couplet is the real poem.

I saw the Figure 5 in Gold!

Suddenly, I was standing at the Met’ staring
at Demuth’s painting, way back in 1980,
in the days when I’d take some of Lindblad
Travel’s clients through art galleries, putting
my Art History degree to some use. They’d
OOO and AHHH! and buy me lunch at Sardi’s.

Are these the ghosts of those older ladies
(my age now) come back to remind me
about Art and Music and Poetry, telling
me to get my mind off the hell of politics,
go out into the lavender garden with my cats?

Sit and stare up into the blue Colorado sky,
watch wisps of white clouds turn & spin
around & around, signifying nothing or
something or everything.

So out I go, with my steaming mug &
a book about Appalachian music.
I to listen to Old Ladies these days.



Author: dixiewriter

Due to my father's job as an explorer/cartographer, my family moved 48 times before I turned 13. We lived where Dad worked: on mountain tops (in park ranger cabins), in deserts, swamps, along coastlines from Maine to Key West & other wild places. My father mapped parts of Antarctica, living there for 8 months in 1961-62. A mountain peak & a glacier are named after him (William C. Elder, USGS) As an adult, I helped Lars Eric Lindblad (then president of World Wildlife) find out about the migration path of Silverback gorillas (from Tanzania into Kenya). On my information, he chose to move Lindblad Travel's photographic safari camps to accommodate these wonderful creatures. I got a Jimmy Carter grant to teach after I graduated from Madison College. Grantees had to sign up to teach for at least a year in a severely impoverished school anywhere in America. I taught for 3 & 1/2 years in SW Virginia near Bluegrass Central (Galax, VA). I taught 7th-9th grade English, Drama, Journalism. I was the forensics coach. Moved to Connecticut & worked for Lars Lindblad, typing up the manuscript for his autobiography, working with Liz & John Fuller on this book. (They co-wrote "Ghost of Flight 415" & other books about unusual phenomenon. Moved to Colorado in 1982. Worked as "gal friday" for 12 detectives at the Boulder Police Dept. Set up files for DA to use in court amongst other things. Then at a law firm. Next, CU/Boulder for 10 years. At CU, workers could take a free course each semester. So I did 5 Master's levels courses in special ed' & many in creative writing/history/religion & other subjects at the Master's level. I taught "Drama for the Disabled" in Boulder, CO after the teacher had to quit due to health issues. It was wonderful! My last 7 years working, I helped adults/teens/children with various brain differences such as autism. I was diagnosed at age 45 with 3 types of seizures, manic depression (atypical, rarely depressions, mostly manias), OCD & PTSD. At age 67 (!!) this diagnosis was changed. The manias are most likely due to temporal lobe "disturbance." The other symptoms are due to "high functioning" autism or Asperger's. Shock!! I do Tai Chi 3x/day which helps me to calm down. My husband & I work out at a gym 3-5 times/week for balance mostly but also weight training, running etc. We climb the beautiful Rocky Mountain High places (like Long's Peak & Maroon Bells) in summertime/autumn. We love archaeology, so when we travel, it's in order to discover ancient sites. My husband is an actor with a "day job." He has performed in shows with Zero Mostel (Fiddler on the Roof, the road show), Dick van Dyke (Diagnosis Murder), Firesign Theatre/John Goodman/Annette Bening et al. (Wizard of Oz/radio show) & many other wonderful people since age 14. We have traveled to: Iceland, Scotland (twice), Germany (3 times to visit friends), Ireland & fascinating places in America. We usually spend a month when we travel. So we go about every 5-6 years. Otherwise, we stay at home in a town in Colorado, attending Poetry sessions, working in local theater, enjoying our shelter rescue cats, writing, painting & dancing.

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