Note to Self, or a reminder to the aspiring polytheist

Remember that your gods are alive
that they are not captured in stories any more
than you are captured as the girl who won the spelling bee
only to lose the next or the one who cried
over a boy who never wanted love.
If you cannot be easily summed up,
never expect it of Powers. Never
limit your knowing to the words of the long dead,
themselves captured in the instant of writing,
a slice thin enough for a microscope, too delicate
to hold more than one instant of a mortal
life. Do not blind yourself to what lives
in fatal reverence to what once was. Live
with them. That boy is forgotten for one who loves
and the spelling bee fades to a memory, a dusty trophy.
Do not make trophies of your gods.


5 comments on “Note to Self, or a reminder to the aspiring polytheist

  1. ladyimbrium says:

    Reblogged this on Lady Imbrium's Holocron.

  2. Reblogged this on Valiel's Notes In English and commented:
    A poem to meditate.

  3. Eilish Niamh says:

    Thank you for this. I live the truth of this everyday. If our gods and even ancestors were stuck in the times from which their stories came down to us, how could we meet them on our doorsteps or learn a song from them that they just wrote yesterday? Nothing stays at a stand still. Beautiful poem.

  4. magpiemason says:

    Reblogged this on Amidst Fires and commented:
    This. This, this, this. It’s taken me a long time to get past that desire to have little word-boxes that i can shove my Gods into—and the impulse still re-emerges from time to time. It’s a neverending process for me, learning and re-learning to just let Them be Them.

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