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Signs

In my heart

A burgeoning

Frond

A time to

Clear the

Mind

A clock

Ticking

Through

Lies

Through

Lies

The way things

Are still

Come alive

Alive

Anyway

Anyway

The hands

They fly

On the clock

The ghosts

Tell time

1 2 4 5 6

7 & 9

Where do we stop

How do we go

When do we

Find the

Elements

The signs

© Niliema Karkhanis Authour’s note: a poem for day 18 of a month of poetry […]

Signs

Molecular

Us
Protean
Shapeshifting
Chameleon
Molecular
Adaptations

Bending
Backgrounds
Worshipping
Stratospheres
Moons

Polymorphic

Multiform

Leaping for
What’s good
Foundations
Pooling through

Reorganizing self
Emptying a shelf
What is left
Without belief

They had
Shapeshifting too
They didn’t tell though

Because some ways
Have more words
& some people
Have more access

What is shared
Is far away
& what is there
Is hard to say

Because justice
Is too often delayed

You can never say
We weren’t there
Because the
Nowhere
That’s enforced
Is somewhere

© Niliema Karkhanis


Authour’s note: poem for day 10 of a month of poetry 2021 written on Your Daily Word Prompt ‘protean’. A really fun one.


https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/protean


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Of eccentricity

What’s eccentric
Is a matter of
Perception

Understanding
Of lives
Which are
Different
A wonder about
Things outside
Of the mundane

Or maybe viewing
Experience through
A macro lens

Perhaps
Eccentricity
Is simply
An electricity
Which is really
About an inquiring
Sort of perceptivity

© Niliema Karkhanis


Authour’s note: 2nd poem for a month of poetry


For the Ragtag Daily Prompt ‘eccentric’


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Accuracy

She was accurate
In her assessments
It’s easy when hurt
To doubt oneself

As time goes on
The truth of the situation
Continues to reveal itself

The potion of emotion
The alchemy of dissolution
& of disillusionment
These are the waters
She has had to
Wade through

& then once through
She sees all that was done
& finds it in herself
To welcome
All the wonder to come

© Niliema Karkhanis


Authour’s note: This is my inaugural poem for an April of poetry.


For the Word of the Day Challenge prompt ‘accurate’


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An ode to music itself

Music
The electricity
It is
The plethora
Of it

I love music
Almost more than
Anything else

The auditory
The sensory
The kinetic aspect
The poetry
The meaning
The fantasy
The beats

The rhythms
The beauty
The stories
The histories

Harmonies
Melodies
Dissonance

The instruments
The scales
People make

Bass
Treble
Crescendo
Diminuendo

& everything
In between

Music means
Everything to me

© Niliema Karkhanis


For the Ragtag Daily Prompt ‘music’


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Coincidence 2

1
Coinciding
Colliding
Timing
Arriving
To us

We coincide
For a second
In the universe

Of space
Of time

Surviving in us
Desire

2
We wrote songs
For eachother
& jokes
We wrote jokes

Not many
But enough
Of everything
For a moment

3
For several weeks
I sheltered my fears
In love you maybe
Never believed
Was there

4
I told you the stories
Would be all that would
Be borne of it

& even though you
Took away the stories
Leaving gaps
Continuity
Run errors
The software
Made my stories
Possible

Out of everything lost
Somehow art was
Of us grown
& flourished

5
I woke up
For you
& then I slept
For you too

Too many hours
Of despair
In their lair
Waiting to repair

6
Maybe you didn’t realize
Your own power
& I overestimated mine
While I watched you
Ignore the difference

Such oversight breaks you
Blinds you
Photophobia
Burning against
Sunshine

7
Documents of corruption
Plenty of interruption
Divine intervention
Can’t fix every problem

© Niliema Karkhanis


For Your Daily Word Prompt ‘coincide’


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Coincidence

This evening
A beautiful
Grey & orange
Dusk

I search for us
In my mind’s eye
Impact
Options
Chances

What are the odds
The evens
Even when

There’s nothing
Left to hold onto
In my mind
I let go of 
Your hand

The fading
Only begins
Months
Later

Stifled breath
What’s causing it

Stifled life
The pression
Around
Losses
From
Inevitabilities
Unrecognized
Realities

Flipped between
Telling & not telling
The stories

Underneath
The safety
Unsafety
Flipside of rest
Herein
Exhaustion
Takes over

Nevertheless

No rest for those
Deemed wicked
We embrace
Our witchiness

& that is how we began
Spells have repetition
Clouds loopdaloop
Above us

Messages of you
Draw themselves
Across the blue

Our love was the sky
The paths through snow
The gentle guiding
Moments of life
Where all is just known

& when the fronds arrive
& the little leaves unravel themselves
I will remember the telepathy of us
The amazing coincidence of us

© Niliema Karkhanis


For Your Daily Word Prompts frond‘ & ‘stifle


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A scent in the rain

A scent in the rain
How you miss her again
Season of losses
Season of refrains

You miss yourself
The most
On some
Of these days

Yet here you are
That’s a
Very good thing

From yonder
Sent in the rain
Much to regain

© Niliema Karkhanis


For the Sammi Scribbles Weekend Writing Prompt ‘yonder’ (44 words)


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Mutual aid

Mutual Aid
Is a pillar
A most
Important
Principle
Of revolutionary
Change

It is
Based in
Such things
As simple
& as usual
As human
Cooperation
& breaking cycles
Of greed

Direct action
Can be applied
In many
Amazing ways
Mutually
Supporting
& sustaining
Our neighbours
& our communities
Is one & essential
For every single day

© Niliema Karkhanis


For the Ragtag Daily Prompt ‘human’


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About Pamela Colman Smith

An amazing artist

3 of swords card from Colman Smith tarot deck

I was inspired to do something different based on a prompt today. Instead of writing a poem as I usually do, since the prompt was thelemite, I thought I’d write a little about an artist I love whose work sometimes gets associated with the thelemites.

I don’t take an interest in the occult as defined by Alistair Crowley & company, including, by the way, several well-known British writers & poets of the time. These interests were very popular in England in those days, as were the spread of associated thelemite philosophies.

The interest in mysticism & ‘the occult,’ of the period, had to do with a number of things; including how Europeans were extracting ideas from the colonies. These included spiritual & mystical ones; as well as philosophies of cultural resistance & revolution within art movements of that turn of the century era.

Within this context, Pamela Colman Smith, a Black Jamaican & British artist, created her wonderful Smith tarot deck; the first ever to be printed in the English language. Pamela Colman Smith was an amazing, writer, designer, folklorist, publisher, mystic, & illustrator. You can read more about her here.

Today we call it the Colman Smith deck instead of the Rider-Waite deck for rightful attribution to its creator.

Of course, & unfortunately, she was neither adequately paid nor properly credited for this absolute chef d’oeuvre, cherished to this day by mystics, book & art lovers alike. Today we call it the Colman Smith deck, instead of the Rider-Waite deck, for rightful attribution to its creator.

The Colman Smith tarot deck is an incredible card set of 78 illustrations. The artwork is stunning.

I like tarot cards. But honestly, I’m just such a fan of her artwork, sometimes I can’t tell if that’s more it with me & tarot.

The depth of field in the cards’ illustrations is so well rendered, with these gorgeous fantastical landscapes. The characters, equally beautiful & compelling. Such design excellence.

There are so many beautiful tarot decks out there, & there are many I adore, but I still love the Smith deck so so much.

Ace of Wands card from the Smith tarot deck
Page of Wands card from the Smith tarot deck

Illustration is probably my very favourite two-dimensional art form, & she is such an original designer of concepts.

The Moon card from the Smith tarot deck

The depth of field in the cards’ illustrations is so well rendered, with these gorgeous fantastical landscapes. The characters, equally beautiful & compelling. Such design excellence.

I love the colour schemes & the artist’s line work. Lines in drawing & illustration, in the expressive style she uses, is an aesthetic I just love. & Pamela Colman Smith’s approach to it is completley unique & psychically sensitive.

These cards take me away every time I look at them.

© Niliema Karkhanis


For the Word of the Day Challenge prompt ‘thelemite’


Pamela Colman Smith wikipedia


Featured artworks by Pamela Colman Smith