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to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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23 April 2010

According to the Rules

According to the rules
for Whirling Dervishes,
we are told, they must not
whirl for visitors, not
the real thing, merely
a tame half-performance.
The real thing is wild,
dangerous. Even to see
that, you would not
recover from it, ever.

As every child knows
in the scary delight
of spinning to get dizzy.
Round and round and round,
faster and faster, faster!
Remember losing yourself
and coming out the other side?
Remember the brain-spin?
Remember the thrill
and the weirdness? Oh yes!

According to the rules
we do not speak the secret
that every body knows.
Altered consciousness
is very quick and simple.
What’s it most like? Tell me!
Yes, you know. As every
grown-up knows. Rapture
we might call it. Mystic, erotic,
or just a game: ecstatic.

April PAD Challenge 21
Prompt: According to ...


  1. fascinating. to not be permitted to do real prayer for show seems like a good policy somehow. saves the position of becoming showmen, dressing up the act and losing the real. the real is an intimate rapture.