be sure of what aspect of the divine you address


that damascene road

on that dusty trail
camels doing their aloof calculus
overburdened donkeys
and women of enforced modesty

you saw a vision
stabbing your core
a vagrant and a prophet
yet a ruler and a judge

and it changed your life
and ours

however
what wasn't written
was the response

the wanderer turned, one-eyed
staff in hand
eight-legged steed jigging
mouthing the bit

as ravens landed on his shoulders
he shook his silver head

you know, I'm seriously married
with both of us straying and forgiving
and justice for all who tried at all

but that was never in the letters




Poetry by Katarina Wikholm
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Written on 2016-09-15 at 18:35

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Kathy Lockhart
I'm glad that Lawrence and you had a conversation, openly. That helped me out--a lot! I read the notation at the top which gave me the hint. However, I never went so far as the Norse gods. I was thinking Paul on the road of course and I knew who he met. But with the hint, I was going off course a wee bit. Apparently, I should have taken the far north route. The 8 legged camel through me off. I cheated and gave up at 2:30am. I probably had researched it further if I had started around midnight instead of now. It's always fun to learn. I do enjoy your poetry. :)
2016-09-17


Katarina Wikholm
Odin had an eight-legged horse, two ravens and a complicated married life. I'm hinting that we interpret our visions of the divine to fit our circumstances in time and place
2016-09-16


Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Hmm. An enigma, nicely written. "Eight-legged steed?" That's a bit creepy.
2016-09-16