last night, on the trail of the blood moon;
I followed stardust and scalpel stones
to the place beside the runes.
for all the readers to see,
to make what they could of the threads that bind me
behind the smudging
and the tearing
and the rearranging
of my soul.
The blood moon passed over
I was bathed in blood
I paid in pain of a different sort
from a different source;
from the place where the wild things are
to the place where the unspeakables are
to the place where the silent are
© Shaista Tayabali, 2014
Phyllis Galembo, professor of fine art at Albany University in New York, celebrates the ritual of masquerade in her portrait photography from Nigeria, Haiti, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin. The carnival characters are rooted in African religion and spirituality, and among the materials plundered are lizard excrement, sugar syrup, tar, coal dust, leaves, cowry shells, sisal.
Over at the dverse poets pub, the poets have thrown open the floor to interpretation.
I've been wanting to write something about the blood moon, and passover, so last night, I did…