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Dionysos

February 5, 2013

Dionysos has run us aground.

As we trip onto the shore

we realise the writing was on the wall

just lopsided and misspelt.

Paradise is still there

yet obscured by the modern seaweeds

and rotting palm-leaves

of our industries and illusions.

We turn our backs and look out to sea.

A semi-circle sun’s reflections

show mirrors of heaven;

a thin veneer for our eyes.

Forever is at the horizon;

just another delusion.

We are trapped

between these and the realities

of land’s constantly shifting margins.

Small waves lap at our feet

pulling the sand out, pushing the tide in

slowly sinking us into the ground.

An empty bottle rolls and roils on the waves.

No message there but its vacuity

and the knowledge

of what it once was and meant.

Dionysos no longer fills it

and no longer wishes to fill us.

Soon we will do not what we want

but what we must

pissing it all back and away

into the sea

from whence we all came.

AJG

(Inspired by Tilo Baumgartel’s Dionysos (2009) and a blind accordion player)

16/1/13 – Oaxaca

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