Major Arcana

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Major Arcana

Postby lichenthroat » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:19 pm

Major Arcana
by Lichen Throat

Never heard of it until I was 11,
Lowrey’s article in issue 77.
Asked a fortune teller at the county fair
“Where’d you get those cards?”, but she wouldn’t tell me where.
Major arcana, deal me the Empress,
Or if not that, how about some Justice?

A few years later, I went off to college,
Out in the desert, looking for knowledge.
A bookstore in town had decks of the cards,
Watercolor paintings, half the size of postcards.
It came with a booklet on how to tell a fortune.
I practiced for hours on the floor of my dorm room.
Major arcana, dealt me the Tower,
Upside-down Hermit was the next card I flipped over.

You’ve had trouble in your past,
But things are getting better.
There are some challenges in your future,
And you’ll have a romantic interest.
You may have financial issues,
But they won’t last forever.
Don’t worry, don’t worry;
It’ll all work out for the best.

Spend all my days working on the river.
My girl done me right; no need to forgive her.
Travel the country with different decks of cards,
Draw from libraries, discard to graveyards.
See you in Denver, see you in Vancouver,
Two thousand people to outmaneuver.
Major arcana, deal me the Magician,
And then the Hierophant to bring it to fruition.
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Re: Major Arcana

Postby owl » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:01 pm

Major Arcana
miscellaneous owl

Divination
At the Rag and Bone on Newbury Street
I saw you trying on those new blue jeans
Buying charms against mortality

You had the face
Of the Empress in my Rider-Waite deck
Starry crown around the stories in your head
Mystic flowers scattered round your bed

Major arcana
Every part of you is a card in the suit that I draw from again and again
Major arcana
Your arms were spread like a cross on the bed as you called me your dearest friend

The sun, the moon, the stars
Coalesced in the fog of your breath
All the signs aligned
To tell the story of your death

Illumination
You were the pictures in my manuscript
You were the ghost of sweetness on my lips
All gold and silver like a priestess

How strange to think now I can count the days we spent together
Enumerate each image like an eidetic fortuneteller
Your eyes shone like a dialtone
Inhuman, empty, and clear
As you handed me your winter boots,
Said you'd be gone by this time next year

Major arcana
Every part of you is a card in the suit that I draw from again and again
Major arcana
Your arms were spread like a cross on the bed as you called me your dearest friend

I'm in the line to say goodbye at the Church of the Holy Cross
The object in the box looks like you but it's not

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