[Reblog] Firsts, Lovers, and Loves — Alphabet Ravine

I meant to share this a week ago and somehow got distracted from doing so. Shame on me.

Mention myrrh and you have my attention. I have a thing about the smell of myrrh, even though I can’t seem to find anything resembling the essential oil I purchased from some new age shop 100 years or so ago that was my “cologne” until I couldn’t find the same stuff again. It was a scent that went well with my wearing a keffiyeh and a cascade of curls to the middle of my back. Anyway — trials and tribulations of finding the right scent aside, this piece mentions myrrh, which got my attention and set the initial hook, but the words continued to grab me and didn’t let me go until the end. Lovely stuff.

Full piece can be found after the jump.

I gave you compliments like flowers, poured my attention on you like frankincense and myrrh, stayed in your eyes like they were worth more than your crimes and awkwardness combined- I chose you, and I made you mine. So though I never loved you, I loved you first. You returned the favor like it’d been […]

Firsts, Lovers, and Loves — Alphabet Ravine

runepoem | 01 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

thunder in the distance
i ride towards the storm
to honor my fylgja
to renew oaths
to find myself
reborn 

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.

runepoem | 30 nov 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

past selves culled
razor-shave layers peeled back
sloughing skins &
chucked all to funeral pyres
immolate
until only core remains
hammered into shape
standing
ready

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.

Travelblogging thoughts

©2021 Michael Raven

I might not have been saying much, but I am still thinking about my upcoming trip. I’m concerned that omicron will somehow make it a not-happening kind of thing. Or the upcoming arrival of a new kitten might somehow derail the plans (I’m not sure how it might disrupt the plans, but no one has ever accused me of being an optimist). Or any other number of issues that might come up between now and then.

One of the things I was trying to convince myself I might do is do a mini travel blog while I was on my “adventure”. I was thinking: I should post on Sceadugenga, and then I thought that most of the regular visitors probably aren’t going to want to see a bunch of that kind of material here. Add to it that there are different levels of what I’m willing to share with people who might actually be interested in what I’m thinking during my travels. I don’t want to split up the site and have the travel posted elsewhere, but I wonder if that might not be better.

I think the compromise I will be doing is a pages scheme similar to my Elder Futhark interpretation subpages. My thought is that I could post a page for each day, or more, with this kind of schema:

  • Day X
    • PAGE > Mildly private thoughts (behind PW for select readers with copious amounts of photos and drivel that is less filtered, but filtered at least a little). May be a single page for the day, or multiple pages. Title scheme: “Travelogue, Day X: Seattle, Midday”
    • PAGE > Totally private thoughts (no access for nearly anyone, or possible anyone; tons of pictures and almost no filter). Likely to have multiple pages throughout the day as I infodump myself. Title scheme: “Diary, Day X: Seattle, Tom’s Coffee Garage Sucks and Capital Hill”
    • POST > Public thoughts (fewer pictures, behind a <more> tag except for a teaser paragraph and a photo to limit the real estate used on the page; moderately censored). Single page for each day. Title scheme: “Adventures in Purgatory, Day X, Seattle”

It may be that I only do the two forms of writing -> absolutely private and a public post. I don’t have an idea as to how interested anyone is in my more personalized thinking.

I had thought about using Instagram to host the photos, but I still can’t see the point of IG, especially when they make it difficult to embed, put into folders or manipulate the pictures at all aside from filters. And I can directly post images from my Google Photos account to WordPress instead of doing the upload/download game. I may reconsider that, but I was unimpressed with the Instagram methodology for handling those things. I know there are several of you who seem to like the platform, but the supposed benefits escape me.

But, yeah, I’m having thinks about the whole thing.

What would you prefer to see?

Photo by Lisha Riabinina on Pexels.com

runepoem | 29 nov 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

the cycle repeats
on the winds of wyrd:
born into this
born of this
renewed
rejuvenated
patterns upon patterns
souls upon souls
songs upon songs --
we will live again

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.