Demented Confessions 20 – The Hanged Man and The High Priestess in The Bardo

The Hanged Man and

 

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These were the cards I dealt

the night I fell again

into that Bardolic hole of wonders.

The third was the nightmare 9 of Swords,

The 9 of Skulls as I interpret here.

 

Like dead leaves chained

this angst was too absurdly histrionic;

The Hanged Man, a rush of blood to the head,

The Priestess awaits confession at the holy web

and the sleepless guilt of The 9 eats our dreams.

 

I am no stranger to these journeys.

The Bardo is not only for the dead

as Life is not only for the living.

More often now I seem to walk through mirrors

with one foot here and one foot there.

 ~~~~~~

 

Art and Poem by clinock

Art: 8″ x 17″ (20 x 43 cm). Mixed media relief in cradled panel.

http://www.johnclinockart.com

 

15 thoughts on “Demented Confessions 20 – The Hanged Man and The High Priestess in The Bardo

    1. The Tarot has shown me that every problem comes bearing gifts, The Bardo, that we are just dust in the wind, and Mexico, that skeletons dance inside us all. These journeys are my art and I sleep like a baby when I come home.
      Thanks Debra

  1. These artworks of you are so special and they say Mexico. The whole atmosphere is mysterious and also scary. I love the last lines of the poem the most as the image is very strong:
    “More often now I seem to walk through mirrors
    with one foot here and one foot there.”
    xxx

    1. “Making art isn’t an aesthetic operation; it’s a form of magic designed as a mediator between this strange, hostile world and us, a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires”. (Pablo Picasso).

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