Below is a “blind” collaboration several of us put together based solely on three random tarot cards drawn from a standard deck, The Crow Tarot as designed by MJ Cullinane. Krista, Towint, and myself independently wrote three poems with no more than 100 words total based on those random tarot cards. None of us was aware what the other had written while we wrote out own contributions. The text colors are consistent for each author throughout the piece: Krista=beige, Towint=yellow, and Michael=blue. The text follows each panel of the triptych for those people who utilize screen readers or only have handheld devices.
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He stood his ground grasping the nearest weapon causing the world to say, “He is the man I want to follow.”
When all seems lost to painful shadows, decide on the cost. What will you give, offer, and sacrifice? How will you live? Cane is the tower. Not a clutch, a wand of power.
outside the pale a song beckons to the trail stout blackthorn steadies his way
Former friends, now current enemies. A bitter betrayal fell out of the clear blue sky and colored the wheat fields a blood-stained red.
Here in the now, in glorious triumph, take a proud bow. You did it, dear. Forget the modesty. Listen to the cheer. Comfortable in your skin, make a toast and celebrate your win.
tangled in fevered bedsheets & poppy dreams of you tumbleweed scarlet & falling...
Betrayal and deception take center stage on the theater called life. But what kind of life is it when someone can press a button and take that life away? The invader stands in the crosshairs in the scope of the entire world. Yet, no one pulls the trigger, for that’s always the job of someone else.
Trivial people despise might. They alienate prosperity. You're a fearful sight. Worry not about fools. Swords they follow and dark obsolete rules. Forget the jealous eyes. Spread your wings. Fly away with prize.
theft-- having left behind only your scent and lovebite memories to show you were ever here you fade into shadow
There are some concurrences here, likely because of the generalized tarot card meanings, which was my intent by using them as prompts. There are also some distinctly different interpretations of the rendered meanings because of our lack of coordination, which also was my intent. To the more prickly (see my post from last night) folks, the lack of complete alignment might drive those people slightly batty. I tend towards the more “gooey” end of the spectrum, more so as I age (I had a period where I was more prickly, but I’m over that), and I like the messiness of not quote dovetailing with each other. Again, it was my intent when I first proposed this three-way collaboration. I wanted something that felt internally reminiscent, but fiercely individual.
Thank you, both, for agreeing to this slightly bonkers way of collaborating without expectation. I like how it came together and I really enjoyed having the minor side-chatter I had with each of you behind the scenes. I would love to do more with each of you.