Monday, April 9, 2018

2018 7/30

(36.) STOLAS, or STOLOS. - The Thirty-sixth Spirit is Stolas, or Stolos. He is a Great and Powerful Prince, appearing in the Shape of a Mighty Raven at first before the Exorcist; but after he taketh the image of a Man. He teacheth the Art of Astronomy, and the Virtues of Herbs and Precious Stones. He governeth 26 Legions of Spirits; and his Seal is this, which is, etc.

black birds wheel against the sun
scream in the tall corn
sit implacable on the porch
when I left the dead city for good
lining the powerlines in the not yet morning
a murder-choir in the trees beside the baseball field
choir, imprecation of angels,
blue joke about doves

Caruso, our schoolyard singer
gleaming irridescent and starless
tapping on the windows, clever thief
instructor of children
thought and memory,
sitting in the fork with me
for hours, unconcerned
jewel-eyes shining in the forever-summer light
while I hung in the weeping tree
above the rusting washers and bicycle wheels
wasps and brown eyed susans

the fly-bloated possums and eyeless raccoons
and their roadside ministers
thieves of corn and silver
what have you taught me?

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