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"OH WATERS, TEEM WITH MEDICINE TO KEEP MY BODY SAFE FROM HARM, SO THAT I MAY LONG SEE THE SUN." - Rig Veda
When I close my eyes I see the desert.
The, long, brown, infinity that stretches from the sea to the mountains.
Leaving in everything in between, dead and indifferent to its embrace.
A space of immobility where the movement is Wind.
Hard and soft....
Subtle and strong...
Northward and southward,
Hither and thither.
Blowing the structure out of the desert.
The only truth is the wind.
And the wind is the desert.
And the desert is ...
The end of wanting,
the last mille of hope in the road to despair
where the Saviour goes to die.
This is the place were everything stops, and is moved by chance.
This is the place of the prime movement
When I close my eyes I see a desert,
Beneath me and in front of me.
In space in now in time in here,
Southward on the other side of the sea
In the other side of the ocean.
The desert that was then, when we started.
When Europe made its first tentative steps to Itself.
In the Future,
The Peninsula will be a undulating vastness of naught.
Rocks and sand where one stood the cities of today,
Ruins of fountains, pools and waters mirrors,
Incomprehensible artefacts of a past best forgotten.
Scurrying nimbly through the desert,
Our children’s children.
Traped in a culture too slow to move with time,
Still believing themselves Empire,
All made of sand.
The sky seems to get a little bit higher,
Going upwards and upwards,
Escaping us in a hurry.
Fleeing a place promised to anathema.
Knowing something we don’t.
The rain is evermore scarce,
The forests crackle dry and burn in winter.
The rivers turn into torrents of mud.
Crocodiles hunt in the mountains
And bears fish by the sea shore.
The climate is changing and we seem to stand still.
As the oceans flood the lands
And the desert gobbles up forests.
Rain now only a wet remembrance of days gone by...
An enormous sadness for the watery world we left behind
fills the air under a indifferent sky.
Growing evermore remote.
Scientists say it’s not going to rain anymore.
That we shouldn’t count on our crops,
Rain buried in the dust that becomes wind,
Flying through the ocean to,
Sand as the seed of the future.
Feeding on each other,
And turning the Mediterranean into a salty oasis.
Scientists say our land is dying and that we should move away,
To a land that’ll keep us...
But I ... I’m not a scientist,
So I’ll think I stay.
And as I prepare to wait I ask myself,
Will the desert bring its own religion
Will this be the final death of the Green Man ?
The Green Man survived the cross,
Will he survive the death of the woods?
Will the sand bring forth Mahomet or will this b Christ greatest triumph?
A son of the desert,
In the end,
This will be the final moment in a 2000 year old changing of the guard.
Perhaps Mahomet and Christ are not all that different,
Both are sons of the desert and grew feeding on the spirits of the wind,
The tree spirits mortal enemies.
Or maybe something new will appear,
A culling of all this deities, places and times.
A crucible to bring forth a new and happy science,
This is a time not of beginnings but of endings.
A place best understood by the old of heart.
The cautious and suspicious mood of age best suits this changing mores.
And the old,
Out of habit and out of fear,
Look to the past for answers.
To the house of porcelain dolls of intelligence and discourse.
But not even time past can illuminate the sombre path that lies ahead.
Only looking long into the beginning,
Can we glimmer faintly to something akin,
where'll we find a face that suits these final features.
Europa’s long journey from the bogs of magic though the plains of philosophy and to the rarefied mountains of science
Has brought to a place so bereft of everything else,
That only the first Gods
Who were not here and needed nothing,
Finally liberated from the shackles of religion,
The bonds of reason
The yoke of aesthetics
The burden of morality
We were delivered free
To the desert of our own creation.
And as form follow function
And matter follows spirit,
Our land becomes as inhabitable as our heads.
When I close my eyes I see a desert.
I move from the window where I stood,
And stagger into my darkened bedroom.
Lying on my bed, eyes wide,
looking intently into the ceiling,
I shed the first tears for the place where I’ll live,
Waiting its coming,