Liminal man

nickowen

Witney, United Kingdom

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Liminal man: (The Fisher King)

The end of darkness draws him from his bed
He must fulfill the goal to which he’s led
Determination marks his earthy tread
He must obey some strange unwritten law

The bearded bracken fronds are breasted back
The bristling nettles shrink from his attack
The brutal brier strands can’t hold or slack
His surging progress to the waiting shore

At last his feet are planted on the beach
The silver sand eels can’t evade his reach
A silent sacrifice, plucked from their niche
Beneath the sand. He digs four more

His time has come. He wades into the tide
Even the sea cannot oppose his stride
His long and slender rod held at his side
To help him win the prize he’s questing for

The time won’t wait. The night withdraws
The horizontal day unlocks its doors
The crucial moment comes. He ignores
All but the movement of his wriggling lure

This is the moment of the turning world
The dawn is here, its lights unpearled
The tide recedes. Its waters swirl
Around the solitary man, its lord

The ocean starts to separate from sky
His feet set firm on land, the shadows fly
Half swallowed by the waters, he will try
To be the fulcrum of the universe

Not any fish, not fowl, nor yet dead meat
This hero’s travail must complete
Its course, his soul become replete
Or else invoke a horror, and a curse

The heart of time must cease its endless beat
And Chronos lose his rule, his royal seat
Or he must come each day, his steps repeat
And every action endlessly rehearse

One fish must strike, the lightning hit
The world be woken from its blinding fit
And consciousness, with wisdom lit
And poetry once more emerge from verse

The fish is caught. It leaps from out the sea
The world is changed, sap rises through the tree
Liminal man has come to set us free
Yet the future’s fragile, not beyond reverse

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