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Poem: "Fantasy Is Beautiful, Man"

This poem came out of the April 2, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from wyld_dandelyon.  It also fills the "third eye" slot on my card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.

Fantasy Is Beautiful, Man

Magic returned to Earth
during the Summer of Love
but everybody who saw anything
was too stoned to notice much.

A young man munching on mushrooms
saw several of them get up and dance,
but well, he'd been seeing that sort of thing
for a while now and thought nothing of it.

A woman with flowers in her long dark hair
was startled when some of them flew away
but that might have been the dandelion wine
or perhaps the very special brownies.
She leaned back down over her lover
and just kept going.

A colorful bus full of teenagers and their dog
saw a unicorn run across the road
and barely avoided a collision.
"This joint is choice," the driver said to the dog.
The dog did not take his head
out of the bag of hamburgers to reply.

The lotus-eaters looked up from their cushions
to see a sloe-eyed beauty with six arms
wearing nothing but gold beads and henna.
She blinked her third eye at them and smiled.
"Far out," one of the students murmured.
"Concentrate.  Clear your minds," the guru advised,
but they had all gone blind in the third eye
from gazing upon the naked face of a goddess.

Some time during the seventies
the haze began to clear
and the magic went back
to living under rocks
and in hidden grottoes

but every now and again,
someone would stumble across it
with a really good stash
and reminisce,
"Fantasy is beautiful, man."

* * *


Read about 1960s slang.

The Summer of Love was in 1967.

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wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: April 7th, 2013 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
This brought a smile to my face!

Edit: I tweeted!

Edited at 2013-04-07 03:18 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you liked this poem.

I've posted the last verse of "Carrying the Sea and the Sky."

I love your new icon from djinni.
mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: April 7th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, the memories!

Missed the Summer of Love -- I was in Minnesota. But I'll tell you, it was a shock to visit the Oakland (CA) Museum and see a historical diorama of it.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed this.
siege From: siege Date: April 7th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Remedy for inner blindness following a spiritual encounter:
* Rest. Then rest some more.
* Restore your chakras and laterals. One or more major structures may have been "blown" or burned, and be unable to function properly. If you're not sure how, start with dietary and exercise practices meant not to cleanse but to comfort and strengthen. Do NOT engage in yoga or other energy/chi-raising exercise without a trained spirit healer present and observing at all times.
* Reconnect with the physical parts of you that are still working.
* Rest. This cannot be emphasized enough.
* Learn Reiki or other energy work. Note that this may aggravate any spiritual injury while learning it, but will make restoration much easier.
* Ask God(dess)/Diety/Universe/Whoever to help when it's time to actually restore function, and to let you know when it's time.
* It's usually time to restore function when you're able to perform basic tasks around the home and in daily life, even if you're otherwise disabled. Double check, then go for it.
* Be sure to check your shadow Self for injury. It's meant as a buffer for intense energies (like a slow fuse, it will burn out to keep you from being destroyed), and damage to it will reduce or remove its ability to protect you from harm.
* When you ask for healing, trust that you will receive it. If you believe you are not being healed, ask for a sign that you are.
* REST until told otherwise. Yes, you may be able to perform basic tasks. Don't try doing advanced or strenuous things until you are able to do so as easily as you did when young and still learning them. This is just like dealing with an aggravated injury or broken bone; it is healed when it is healed, and only to the degree that it has healed.
* You may end up with scars. They will eventually fade, but the memory of them will persist.
* Life is both long and short. Learn to be at peace with your desire, which may mean taking action on it despite the risk.
* At this point, you'll probably be okay.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 8th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)


Very good advice, thank you for sharing.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 16th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>> Is that the Scooby Gang in the 4th verse? <<

Not explicitly, but an oblique nod to them, yes.

>> I like this one. Fun, but still deep. <<

Yay! I like aiming for that. Entertainment that still makes people think.
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