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Ashes

Rings
chime to reveal
all revellers unmasked
silk stockings are tokens; salvation’s the ask
tween sips from elixirs
dispensers scream chants
as ashes ascend
from bonfire’s
trance

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Ashes x SB
with photography by Stephen Day

I would like to thank Stephen Day at the Iconophile for sharing this mesmerising photograph. It accompanied his reflection, He says: D for Disguise. I could hear a song chiming from a distance and I sat down on Monday afternoon to invite it in. Please tune in to Stephen’s blog for more art magic.

By ΠιCΘLΣ

Life is short, so let’s be decent.

60 replies on “Ashes”

Thank you very much for appreciating. I’ll have some white grape juice in your honour. I miss a good bonfire, too. Have a great week, JoAnne!

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I was telling someone just now that I went to school in Austria. Costume balls are a custom we don’t really understand in the US. Austrians take their costume balls very seriously. It’s like toddlers and tiaras on crack.

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I’ve always wanted to visit Vienna but it has to be winter during opera season. I want to see as many performances as possible. Was it high school or university?

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High school. It was the craziest three years of my life. I don’t know how I learned anything. I have to say, it is quite an experience walking into a room full of beautiful girls all wearing white dresses.

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Hello, Sabiscuit. Thank you for your visit to inmidreamz. I had been thinking about leaving WordPress for a while because after a year, I still was not comfortable with the format and using it. The June 27th banner just gave me the push I needed. I hope you will continue following me on Blogger where it all started back in 2006. By the way, are you on Instagram? I post poetry there as well and am always looking for poet friends there.

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Wow… did you just call me a poet friend? It’s an honour to be thought of one by you. I think it’s more like, you are my poet friend and I’m just the friend. I would be happy to follow yours on blogger. I am not on Instagram, even though I love it with all my heart, because it is owned by THAT company. WP is kind of like Club Med. No one knows what’s going on in here. It is also infested by poltergeists. Am I able to subscribe to your Blogger blog by email? It’s (I can’t believe I’m actually using my tagline) a better idea.

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Just sneaking in here.. it’s crazy how much content there is on WP that no one knows about.. I kinda wish they would populate my facebook feed so everything is in one place.. =) anyway, super glad I found this pages and all the pages I’ve found as a result!

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Hey this was a pretty good piece though I didn’t read it. Can you come read my blog though?

I am just kidding! You know I kid cause I love SB! Excellent work here! I agree the photograph is very haunting and your mystifying words work beautifully in tune with it.

🙂

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Thank you very much. You have to join us at Mardi Gras. You are too much fun to leave out of the fun. I believe that brunette women named Stephanie will be there.

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Thank you. I’m relieved as I get really nervous about grammar. I will be around for a visit to your blog this weekend. Promise. I did not forget you. Just swamped. Thanks for reading.

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Wow. As ever your words give my images voice and depth that they only hinted at. Fantastic poem as always. Thank you for this.

I love masks. I collect them. I have many and varied ones which Jennifer has used in some of her posts and I intend to use in future ones. 🙂

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Jennifer is fascinating and lovely. I just adore her exquisite taste in stationery and now masks. Thank you for trusting me to translate the story in the work and as always, I appreciate you for inspiring me with your art.

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Gorgeous! Interesting how as you linger on the photo, your eye starts to rest on the little bit of face that’s visible. The mask and all the rings no longer hold your gaze. We are hungry to see beyond the masks, salvation’s the ask?

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Yes, salvation’s the ask. A reference to the pagan rituals on which carnivals are based. The fancy dress is part of the ceremony. Acknowledgement and offertory.

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You’re so lovely, thank you. I feel that Stephen’s work vibrates on its own frequency so the words flow along with almost no effort. I can imagine you looking elegant in a costume at Mardi Gras. Please tell me you have one.

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