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Cagn

in the beginning, first being and creator: the shape shifting Cagn. foolish or man of wisdom; either helpful or tiresome.
In the shadow of a crag, overlooking the tarn, Coti gave birth to Cagn’s first creation, the eland. While she bathed in the crystal clear water, Cagn whisked the eland away and hid it – to be fed by him on wild honey. This is where the two brothers, Cogaz and Gewi, found the object of their father’s love and devotion and killed it. Cagn was distraught and ordered Coti to mix the blood of the eland with the fat of its heart in a cauldron over a fire. Cagn sprinkled this potion on the barren desert soil and a herd of eland sprang from it; which became the symbol of fertility to his clan and all people that followed.
tracking the eland, young boy hunts with tribesmen - running it to ground. arrows dipped in poison; hunter's knife slits eland’s throat. alone in her hut at her first menstruation: the Eland Bull Dance – the women become the cow; men mimic the eland bull
Poetry form: tanka prose (not listed here on PS) ******************************************************************** Glossary: The San Religion consists of the spiritual world and the material world. The modern Bushmen of the Kalahari believe in two gods: one who lives in the east and one from the west. Like the southern Bushmen, they believe in spirits of the dead, but not as part of ancestor worship. The spirits are only vaguely identified and are thought to bring sickness and death. Cagn (also known as /Kaggen) is the supreme god of the Bushmen of southern Africa. He is the first being and the creator of the world. He is a trickster god who can shape shift, most often into the praying mantis. The bushmen believe that Cagn’s favourite animal is the eland, which is the most spiritual animal in the religion. The eland appears in some of the rituals: boys' first kill, girls' puberty, marriage, and the trance dance. • A boy is taught how to track an eland and how to kill it. The boy will be considered an adult once he kills a big antelope, mainly the eland. The eland then gets skinned, and a broth is made with the fat and the collar bone. • The ritual for the girls' puberty starts when they get their first menstruation in which she becomes isolated in her hut. The women in the tribe do what is called an Eland Bull Dance, by which they imitate the eland cows’ behaviour when mating; while the the men act as an eland bull. This ritual is to keep the girl beautiful and peaceful and also free from hunger and thirst. • In a marriage ritual, the man gives the fat of the elands' heart to the woman's parents. Then the woman is anointed with the fat. • In the trance dance, the shaman tries to possess eland potency because the eland is considered to be the most potent of all. The shaman: When an eland is killed, they believe that there is a link that opens up between the cosmos. When this happens, the shaman dances and reaches a trance to enter the spirit world. Once in a trance, they are able to heal people and protect them from sickness, protect people from evil spirits, control weather, see the future, ensure good hunting, and basically look out for the well being of their group or tribe.


Copyright © Suzette Richards | Year Posted 2014


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Jabberwocky Redux

Jabberwocky Redux
 
                  After reading too much Aquinas
 
Would an aphid reside in an onager’s ear
if the onager’s master spoke Twi?
Or a Gascony scop with a leper elope
if a civet leapt out of a tree?
         You doubt it? Read Thomas and see.
 
Would an addax in Denmark gyrate
if an emu in Sweden bore freight?
Or an eland in Chile complain
if jerboas in Goa refrain?
         You doubt it? Read Thomas and see.
 
For really I thought ‘twas the onager taught
the aphid the tenor of Twi, and
that Gascony scops with Norwegians eloped
when Danes had lepers to tea.
         You doubt it? Read Thomas and see.
 

Donal Mahoney


Copyright © Donal Mahoney | Year Posted 2010


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Shared Enamour

by Michaelw1two

Inspired from poetic works by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

 One’s love possess,
 in truth’s fairness blessed upon such beauties face;
 aglow on promised dream and then,
 heart’s mercy known and given so;
 trust’s pact sustains,
 sweet bond of passion’s taste and loving sensed;
 as life between exists,
 this feeling moment’s will lives on.

 My lips wet,
 my heart so swollen, silences the murmur of my words to you;
 in thought’s surpass,
 heart’s needs bring solemn depths to passionate aches;
 while on these loving tears I seek,
 your living smile and love unwept;
 graciousness of my quest eland elates,
 this yearn of joy, and bind of soul soothe plays.

 Upon your life,
 passion glows and beauty pure displays love’s essence;
 that light emits its precious bless,
 lusciousness surrounds your glimmer;
 filled full of compassionate breath, I am,
 yet my soul is calmed and my mindset sleeps;
 beheld, I give my gaze to your heart’s iris blazed;
 seduction’s mists, remind love’s caution blindly.

 Ah, love’s bliss,
 from your beauty’s glow the morning’s bright does sheen;
 what secret though, an inner deep,
 so shrouds your grace filled figure;
 oh, my words do chime,
 these passions versed of all life’s memories charmed,
 through midnights depth I yet dream,
 in this quiet I quest, for your love’s envisioned mirror;

 and I search these night’s suppressed,
 for your glimpse, through these tears of shared enamour;
 struggling thrillingly, with my soul’s compassion wept,
 against these separations, from your passionate love and honour

Jan 2012


Copyright © michael walkerjohn | Year Posted 2013


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Let Any Agnostic Provide a Reply

Let Any Agnostic Provide a Reply

		After reading too much Aquinas

Would an aphid reside in an onager’s ear
if the onager’s master spoke Twi?
Or a Gascony scop with a leper elope
if a civet leapt out of a tree?
You doubt it? Read Thomas and see.

Would an addax in Denmark gyrate
if an emu in Sweden bore freight?
Or an eland in Chile complain
if jerboas in Goa refrain?
You doubt it? Read Thomas and see.

For really I thought ‘twas the onager taught
the aphid the tenor of Twi, and that
Gascony scops with Norwegians eloped
when Danes had lepers to tea.
You doubt it? Read Thomas and see.
 

Donal Mahoney


Copyright © Donal Mahoney | Year Posted 2010


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Heritage

              Heritage
                             Frank Halliwell

Look around us at this dismal
Monument to human pride.
Vegetation stripped and wasted,
Future riches thrown aside,


Once this land was all rich jungle
Rampant growth on every hand
Home to hundreds of wild creatures,
Buffalo and sleek Eland..


And the Monarch of this forest
Was a cat of grace and might,
And his striped coat glowed alternately
With noon and blackest night!


Keen of eye, and swift and certain
In pursuit when quarry runs,
They were brave majestic hunters,
But no match for shooter's guns.


Hunted down for love of killing,
For his coat; a souvenir
For the bored, a moment's thrilling
To be toasted with a beer.


One day you can tell your children
How men wouldn't take a stand,
When the forests brushed these heavens,
And the Tiger walked this land.
                     ***


Copyright © frank halliwell | Year Posted 2013