I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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1 April 2017

Beginning the Journey



When setting out, how apt
to choose my Voyager deck
for guidance into this unknown.
The cards are rich with colour;
it will not be a drab journey
but exciting – possibly frightening.

Ace of Wands is a new beginning
in creativity and spiritual growth.
The card is called Illumination –
but see, it's very hands-on,
so to me it says healer, or artist.
Perhaps we can be both?


The Fool or Child goes forth
in blithe innocence, wide-eyed,
listening to whispers from heaven
or the inner heart – and may fall.
Fear not, there are many hands
to catch you if you stumble.

Here we go, fellow-travellers!
We have adventured together
often before. This time will be
a longer voyage, perhaps harder,
but we know we can trust the crew.
The name of the destination is Rebirth.


(Both these Tarot cards can mean birth, or rebirth.)

Written for A Fine Day for Sailing Away, the first of this April's poetry month prompts at 'imaginary garden with real toads'.


22 comments:

  1. we know we can trust the crew

    That is certainly true.

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    1. I am glad you say so, Kerry! Aren't you the Captain? :)

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  2. It is good to know there are many hands to catch the child.

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  3. rebirth is tantalizing, for most. I just hope i don't beg to be tossed overboard. ha

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    1. Well, you could rename it Transformation.

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  4. I really feel inspired to start this journey... really look forward to this.

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  5. YES, healer AND artist, for certain, especially when she is you. Smiles. And you inspire me. I had decided not to do the poem a day in April. But the beginning of your journey makes me want to tag along. Off we go, fellow voyager!

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  6. I love your Voyager deck-how vibrant & flush. Much assurance in the cards pairing--it was only accidental for me, and here they complement each other strongly. A two fold path of illumination and growth. It will be an exciting month ...looking forward to reading the paths trekked at the Imaginary Garden.

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    1. It's long been my favourite deck, and the one I read with professionally. But the correlation between those cards would apply in any deck. :)

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  7. Wonderfully vibrant poetry reflecting the cards...Did Brendan really say accident ;)
    I love how you have opened up this voyage to one and all.

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    1. Yes, he really did!!! And, like you, I am sure he must really know better. :)

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  8. Your poem is oh so vibrant and joyful❤️ makes me want to spread my arms and embrace what's to come ahead! Happy journey to us all!❤️

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    1. Ah, that's just the mood it was written in!

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  9. The crew hasn't let me down yet. Wonder voyage (you painted) to this.

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  10. Love your footnote, at the end, Rosemary, for me, it is rebirth, in the most dramatic fashion, from one gender, to the other, on this journey of discovery.

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    1. So it is! And you are having to be your own healer, I perceive. (Don't forget, poetry began as magic.)

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  11. Bon Voyage, Rosemary. And wishing you a pleasant 30. I hope to meet you daily until the end.
    ..

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  12. I've sometimes wondered what renaissance would be like - and what cost it entails. Perhaps just this; the opening of our skin, to what lies beneath ~

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  13. This leaves me feeling optimistic. Thank you for that, Rosemary.

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  14. This poem is so like you, Rosemary! I loved it! Tarot is something I'm interested in too I have several decks they are all so beautiful to look at and use.

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  15. "We know we can trust the crew" Oh yes, when I hit that writer's block I know I have such excellent guides to help me break through.

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