Tuesday, September 6, 2016

OTI:three poems and notes:9/6/16

Open To Interpretation


That might help,
A game of forfeits,
An algorithm to surmount our shyness!
Oh, wait, I saw that one evening on the way to Hamlet...
Old Town Main Street is never crowded,
Being now's wayside,
The old establishments languish,
But one night,
All sorts were walking about, heads lowered,
Looking at their cell phones...
"What's about?" I asked...
A short answer, "Exercise..."
"Oh!" it came to me,
They were all playing Pokemon GO!


Oh, by what judgment,
Judge Aphrodite,
Have I this prolonged award?
I mimic the wryneck
And hiss and twist
To no avail.


Oh, would it avail
If I came to your Hollywood
Behind Black Glass Doors
With mistletoe
Dangling too from my selfie pole?


Notes: Forfeits...there was once a game celebrated at Christmas, like after dinner, a parlor game, Game of Forfeits...


The owner must identify himself and pay a forfeit - do something amusing/embarrassing - to win back the item. The judge chooses which forfeit to award the player. If the player fails, or refuses the forfeit then the judge keeps the item.



...reference wryneck...Wrynecks have feathers that look like snake scales, and when threatened. can twist their necks all about, and hiss...Wrynecks forage along the ground, and being in proximity to snakes, Nature has given them snake like attributes to ward off danger with snake like fears...and a Wryneck appears in Jason and the Argonauts...oh!...I was mistaken...there are more than two potteries that show the Argonauts tale...on the one I mentioned yesterday, the cup with Jason being vomited out of the dragon, on Athena's hand is a bird...brb...


On the last of these days Jason was walking through the palace grounds in the early morning when he heard a hissing sound above his head and, looking up, saw a writhing head and neck among the leaves. It was no snake, as he had supposed, but a dappled wryneck, or snake-bird, caught in a fowler’s snare. He at once recalled an infallible love-charm, the charm of the hero Ixion, which had been taught him by Philara, the mother of Cheiron the Centaur. He released the bird from the snare and took it back with him to the palace, hidden in his wallet together with leaves of the plant ixias, which, as he expected, he found growing not far off. At the palace he obtained a Colchian fylfot fire-wheel and a piece of willow-heart touchwood and took them to his apartment. With his knife that night he whittled the touchwood into a female doll and addressed it as Medea, with soft words of love, tying a purple rag around its middle for a skirt; this rag Autolycus had secretly cut from Medea’s own robe as she walked along the corridor to supper.



That's from Hercules My Ship Mate/The Golden Fleece by Robert Graves...was looking for something simpler!...Graves seems to have gathered in every 'Pokemon GO' from Ancient Greek Mythology!...I'm pretty sure the bird on Athene's hand is a Wryneck...brb...


The Colchian Dragon disgorges the hero Jason. Behind it the Golden Fleece hangs from a tree. Athena oversees the scene, holding a small owl. The Dragon was an giant serpent, which guarded the Golden Fleece in the sacred grove at Colchis. In this version of the story, Jason was first devoured and then disgorged by the Dragon.


hmmph...I thought the bird a Wryneck for its Snake/Dragon like attributes!...Aphrodite gives Jason a love charm to seduce Medea...I think I have that right...brb...


The wryneck is a bird which, when in danger, can extend its neck considerably. At the same time its head-feathers will stand up, and it will twist its head and neck around to give a fair imitation of a snake. Most of the commentators seem to think that the wryneck is connected with the magick wheel because it can turn its head right round; the phallic imagery of an extended neck and ‘swollen’ head seems to have passed them by completely.
The original, and perhaps purely mythical, form of Iynx-magick was invented by Aphrodite, who fastened a wryneck to a wheel and set it spinning, this she gave to Jason, who used it to seduce Medea. Its powers were obviously sufficient to overcome Medea’s own considerable witchcraft.

The Magick of Jinxing

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