Tuesday, April 21, 2015

12/30 2015

BUER.--The Tenth Spirit is Buer, a Great President. He appeareth in Sagittary, and that is his shape when the Sun is there. He teaches Philosophy, both Moral and Natural, and the Logic Art, and also the Virtues of all Herbs and Plants. He healeth all distempers in man, and giveth good Familiars. He governeth 50 Legions of Spirits, and his Character of obedience is this, which thou must wear when thou callest him forth unto appearance.

Fatherless boys take such mentors as they find,
men with the bodies of beasts,
with poison blood
maddened by their own arrows
jabbed into the arm
these old soldiers, these sages

learn the ways of plants,
how to make a bowl of foil
how to crush a pill on a headstone
stoner apothecaries and junkie professors

This is what it is to be a hero,
to be a pupil of monsters
to learn at the feet of the dying
how to drink, to bluster, to fight
to fix, to die, to hustle

to be a monster is to be god-tainted
to be a sign, made flesh
a cautionary specter, set among the stars
arrow forever cocked at the scorpion's heart

the boy with addled brains, hit by a train
the old man with his head full of purple ghosts
the drunks behind the liquor store
who will buy a case for a bottle

 all my teachers gone to dust

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