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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’


Featured image by Bia Andrade from Unsplash


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


Parables

Parable

To draw

From repetition

The spaces

Between

Emotion

Being

In the

Moment

Attention

Of function

Of tension

Of things

Getting done

Not getting

Done

Escape to

Other worlds

Not the naïve

Places of

Beauty

The parables

Of before

No the

Ones

We conjure

When

We are spent

Spent on

Descent

From events

Not meant […]

Parables

© Niliema Karkhanis

Featured images by Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash

Fairies & phantoms

~○~

In the quiet

Of a

Still

Solitary

Moment

You think

About

Movement

Anyway

Because

This is how

Stillness

Evades

Consciousness

~○~

Always things to do

That’s what quiet says ~○~

Fairies & phantoms

Play in

The gardens

Of possibility

~○~

Procrastion spring

Before

Dream nights

Of midsummer

~○~

Waiting for

The moment

Breath taken […]

Fairies & phantoms

© Niliema Karkhanis

Featured image by Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash

Printed

Untold stories

Are better

Described as

Unheard stories

~○~

The insides

The details

The inner

Workings

Of things

The moments

The days

Pass through

Experience

~○~

Impressions

Pretty clothes

Tablecloths

Meals

Wallpaper

Piano

~○~

Magazines

Printed

Projects

Many objects

They used

To keep

~○~

The alter

A place

To hold

Feelings

& lovely

Cherished

Things

~○~

With your

Spells

Your

Secrets

You taught us

About

How to go

About

Everything

~○~

Them

Trying to figure

Things out

While lots

Was

Continually

Happening

Changing

~○~

Behind

Words

Words

The very

Closest

To even

Memories

Sometimes

~○~

Days upon

Rooms

Rooms

Upon days

Sunlight

Traversing

Skies

Above her

A witch’s

Animal visitors

Take her there

To stars

© Niliema Karkhanis

The possibility of words 2: The life of ideas

Photo by Dids from Pexels

Perhaps

Words

Are the only

Possibility

For a sore

Intuition

Gut tellings

Tellings gutted

To their

Most crucial

Elements

Substance

Of the day

Wanting

Lexicon

Now is

As good as

Any a

Moment

To write

What’s already

Etched on the body

Inside the art

It stores

The ornate

Content […]

The possibility of words 2: The life of ideas

© Niliema Karkhanis

Of cerulæn reimaginings

Photo by Taylor Van Riper from Unsplash

Erased

They had

Before been

Torn off walls

Crumpled

Thrown into

The waste

Paper basket

~○~

After she

Held on

For too many moments You couldn’t call them Moments anymore

~○~

When you

Believe in something When you

Believe in something When you

Believe in something ~○~

The turning […]

Of cerulæn reimaginings

© Niliema Karkhanis