i recently stumbled upon this poem: The Man-Moth, by Elizabeth Bishop.
i was pre-disposed to liking it, i think because of the title.
…my band has been working on our third album – which we’re calling Mothdust –so i’ve been roaming the dusty hills of moth-land for a while.
plus, what led me to the poem was an intriguing tattoo, created by this artist.
as i read it a second time, a few sections jumped out, and it struck me that i’d like to try another tirage-en-ligne. (reading the cards in a line, which i had a lot of fun with in this post).
what follows are the lines i used as inspiration/ a jumping off point for my reading.
He cannot tell the rate at which he travels backwards.
his rushing brain.
cool as from underground springs and pure enough to drink.
Queen of Spades…
With a sword at my back, my only possession
conjure blood and revolution.
Queen of Diamonds…
With a dazzling gem in the palm of my hand,
the shine holds my attention. I
foresee an alliance and building the future.
The Grand Aha! (can you hear the trumpet call?)
We Queens wield particular tools of working
in our genius, we move ever toward
all good art and divination* serves a similar purpose – it gives us the chance to see ourselves, and our ways of connecting and relating, with fresh eyes.
i see a bit of myself in the Man-Moth, feeling sometimes like i’m traveling backwards, running over the same dreams, over the same ties, as if carried by a force i cannot direct but to which i am content to succumb. feeling my alone-ness. feeling unlike any other thing, sometimes not knowing how to relate to anything or anyone at all. but the longing is there… to offer my single tear. and often times i swallow it instead.
i love thinking about powerful Queens coming together – with different “tools” – around a common cause.
and, to take a more personal look – we are each Queens who wield all the tools, for different times in our lives.
so here are a few questions for you, based on these cards, for your own self-inquiry:
<>what do you dream of building?
<>what do you actively destroy?
<>is there a place where these things meet?
lots of love,