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Poem: "Liminal Gifts" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Liminal Gifts"
This poem came out of the May 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] elliemurasaki. It also fills the #1 Liminal slot in the [community profile] rainbowfic Moonlight list. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

"Liminal Gifts"

Each new age awakens
new abilities within the human spirit --
someone must have been
the first to work fire magic,
air's original archer.
Someone learned to blend
the elements with pottery and smithcraft.

The earliest technomancers
had to invent their own medium,
creating computers and programs and cyberspace
from the spit and spark of electricity and dumb machines.

Only then could their creations begin to speak.
Only then could the technomancers begin to listen.
People called them "computer wizards"
out of blind ignorance,
but it was so.

Today, technomancy is just one more talent,
sprung up from handfuls of far-flung seeds
scattered across infant minds as children
grow up with wonders that their parents
could scarcely conceive.

They hold lightning in the palms of their hands
and whisper to it like an old friend,
familiar as any household servant,
like fire has become long since.

But never forget,
it is the liminal gifts
that light the way
into this brightening future,
the work of those who go first
and are thought mad.

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Technomancy is the junction between science and magic, using technology to work enchantments or vice versa.  Computers are really made of magic.  Technoshamanism adds a dimension of spirituality.  You can find books on technomagick.

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From: technoshaman Date: December 21st, 2013 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)

I still don't know how *I* didn't get called nuts, or worse ... maybe I just lucked onto enough like minded people ....
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 21st, 2013 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)


I'd say luck, yes.

Then again: It is no great sign of sanity to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
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