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Hermaphrodite - Part I

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Hermaphrodite - Part I

I wanted to write about how my doubts and fears
are simmering on the surface, how I am purging myself onto bleach,
to cleanse the grime staining what's left beneath.

And what's left, is love.

A romance for life, 
a nearly hopeless romantic who cannot always transfer it properly onto paper.
Not the pure essence of it all.
No, not in flowery lines - not a cheap, plastic bouquet
compared to my true emotions,
my dreams, my hope.

And of dreams, my love.

The blank sheet of paper seemed too beautiful to tarnish
with my plundering hooves;
to be torn apart with horns sharpened by the Earth,
piles of peat-moss smoldering from the lightning of my Heart.

If I take the leap, show you my dreams,
and in doing so, push you away with the nightmares that are intertwined,
I will understand,
love you nonetheless,
even though there is a part of me
that doesn't want to settle for less,
in an all                                      or nothing embrace.

I have been dreaming, 
dreaming of light,
visions of darkness, of black holes,
of the wondrous womb that bore me
as a winged wolf.

Yes, black holes and white holes to accompany the stars.

I place a pen upon the sheet of blank paper,
wondering if I can be real enough                 for us....


The Evening Star, the Morning Star,
two halves of the same body,
the broken shards fuse, shine as One....

....wings unfurl, paws become talons,
I awaken in a dream, within a dream.

The words lodge themselves between my heart and hand,
so I roll up the blank sheet of paper into a tunnel,
a perfect circle to journey inside of.
Rolling out of my body,
I enter the tunnel,
following the Totems of this life and beyond.
There is a Wolf, Owl, Cardinal, and Starfish -
a part of me and something more,
an essence of Ladybugs, Ravens and Spiders.

In one end shines the Sun. It is I.
In the other end shines the Moon. It is you.
In the center, a crimson Cardinal alights upon an Evergreen branch,
before morphing into Seaweed brushing a red Starfish.
The Saltwater is my Blood,
Witch's Hats, 
Barnacles are my nipples
hardened by your Lunar tide.

Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 10:42:00 AM
    You can't dream without nightmares..and I've experienced the pain of showing all..your words in these poems (parts 1-3) have literally moved me to tears upon my first reading of them..wanted to tell you that before =) I love the emotion embedded within -Lauryn

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  1. Date: 7/19/2012 10:17:00 AM
    I love the road you're taking with your poetry here Chris.. This must be the sentimental part of your muse and its awesome.I read Hermaphrodite one two and three and .. I give you hundred points..bravo :)

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 3:58:00 PM
    Loads of insight into you Chris! I too have guidance of the wolf and owl. Light & Love

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  1. Date: 6/27/2012 1:49:00 PM
    Wow---------eating with my fingers------>

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 1:12:00 PM
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  1. Date: 6/27/2012 12:07:00 PM
    Ok. No fair Chris! I was supposed to just take a quick peek at the new poems and I couldn't resist Not reading your 3-part post. My captcha says 94UP-- very fitting-- that number should even be higher. I had to smile at this (that part about not being able to express everything properly on paper, how much I could relate to that!) -- so many beautiful thoughts here. What a loaded write and this just part 1? ok heading to the next one...I got me a feeling I will fave all 3 :p No deleting please!

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 11:39:00 AM
    I continue to read your words for more enlightenment my friend.