I noticed the trail of a snake in the
I followed it, and it led to water.
Sometimes it feels as if I’m the
Other times, I feel others dance
when I move, and my voice contains
the power of many others like me.
Now I know for sure I’m not alone –
breathless, like just the sight of you
means I’m rescued,
like I’m not the only one left who
came to this world.
If there are two of us to meet,
then I am real, and there are more.
Then comes a telling of ourselves:
an occasion for laughter,
the excitement of being together,
the knowledge of all we must do
just by a glimpse of someone
who sees the same thing.
Like the dawn through the rain,
at the very moment of the tide’s turn –
a light that reveals the exact same
mountainside with renewed clarity,
as though it sprang forth, somehow,
from my very self standing there,
heart bursting, and wishing.
There’s a way home that can be
one foot upon the prow of our vessel.
The illusions are not as deep or
thick as they seem –
see right through the branches
to the meadow beyond,
through the hanging water to the
and go that way.
Now that we are gathered, it’s time:
to swing the lights in procession
to guide others to us, feeling alone
and unknown as we once were – to
raise our voices, so that their own
can resound with the power of
others like them.
Our own separate paths are still our
own to walk,
those that brought us together in
those to continue, that take us away
from each other –
but never alone again, thenceforth
been together, though through our own
shadowed valleys we carry the
newly shared flame.
All we learn, all we bring, from all of us,
is all we have to give. We carry it all
as a fountain that bears us up,
drops landing on thirsty ground,
on greening leaves,
asking us to bare the skins of our
selves to the
inviting sensations that ripen us
to offer to others, to feed us for
There are flowers in bloom
surrounding me –
in eyes and voices, in the air and
my fingers. Their passage through
this being is my own celebration,
so I cast my flowers upon you,
that we can exalt, engulfed in
CC-BY 2017 e.l.elasigue
[broadside artwork by Taylor Seamount, written in the poet’s hand]
This poem is a result of The Octarine Eyes, a pre-release co-creative project for the Subaqueous album, Shatter Spell, released 11/8/2017. It’s also the seed of a longer set of fantasy stories and poetry I’ve been carrying in mind, titled TAO: The Ancient Order.
“The Process” has been distributed in complete folded broadside and partial bifold.
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