magic words

September 17, 2007

Agapē: charity, love. Accords our coloured sands. Becomes
the English agape: wide open. Mouth of ocean. These are magic words.
Anemos: wind. The Greek alpha

is spoken like a lover’s hym. Anemone: wind flower:
so called because its petals are easily scattered. Formed when Aphrodite
tended the open wound of Adonis, gouged by jealous Ares. Blood and nectar

became flowers. In Latin, the word becomes
animus: breath, spirit, soul. In English: animate: breath of life.
Sea anemone: stinging petals. Animosity: breath against breath.

There are words that can poison apples:
the prettiest: kallistēi. A nymph, poor Callisto,
raped by Zeus, hated by Hera,

who turned her into a great bear. In remorse, The Cloud Gatherer
gave her to a lovely cage: Ursa Major. Callisto
is a moon of Jupiter. We did not free her.

Magic words weave spirit in ink.
The Greek alpha; close to the open vowel in mars, and art:
both sweet and dark in becoming.

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6 Responses to “magic words”

  1. Thankyou, dreamlistener. I try.

  2. Hey Alex-it’s Damo’s 30th on Friday. Party at Bambu, 9-2, food at Noodle Bar 7pm. Can you make?

    LX

  3. Even though I probably didn’t pick up on it all (a swift nip onto a library computer) I can see plainly that this is written by someone who I know has a genuine love of words. And dreamlistener’s right, you do speak magic, even if we don’t always agree on what “magic” is, eh, Endlessly? 😉

  4. Dave Bonta said

    What have you done with “Autumn”?! Fortunately, it is preserved under glass in my feed reader.

  5. Wasn’t sure about it; it seemed a little archaic (melodramatic?). But it’s back now.

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