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   Francisco Dominguez & Aire Celeste Norell
   Marie Lecrivain & Angel Uriel Perales
   Sheikha A.
   Steve Abee
   L. Ward Abel
   Carl Abt
   Han Adcock
   Elizabeth Addis
   Aderemi Adegbite
   Adeolu Emmanuel Adesanya
   Neil Aitken
   M.I Akande
   Shahd Al-Shemmari
   Lynn Albanese
   Scott Alexander
   Nicole Alexander
   Will Alexander
   Gwyndyn Alexander
   Alaina Renee Alexander
   Inalegwu Omapada Alifa
   Maureen Alsop
   Rafael Alvarado
   Steven Alvarez
   Keiko Amano
   Veronica An
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   Amy Anderson
   Kristine Anderson
   G.D. Anderson
   Lori Anderson-Moseman
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   Renae Andruse
   Arlene Ang
   Michelle Angelini
   Roger Angle
   Stephen Anstay
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   Aurora Antonovic
   Maria A Arana
   Carlye Archibeque
   Joseph Armstead
   Feral Artist
   Baron James Ashanti
   Charlene M. Ashendorf
    Askew
   Gregory Austin
   Shawn Aveningo
   maeghanne ayers
   Goodness Lanre Ayoola
   John-Patrick Ayson
   Jim Babwe
   Sophie Bachard
   Vasile Baghiu
   Bridget Bagne
   song-hue bahk
   Michael Baker
   Prerna Bakshi
   Anna Balint
   David Banuelos
   Jared Barbick
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   Matthew A. Barraza
   James Barros
   Jeni Bate
   Jonathan Beale
   Richard Beban
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   Gary Beck
   Marjorie R Becker
   Lytton Bell
   Hakim Bellamy
   Michele Beller
   Laura Bellotti
   Stefanie Bennett
   Hayley Berariu
   Kevin Berger
   Lawrence Berger
   Mike Berger, Ph.D.
   Tom Berman
   luis cuauhtemoc berriozabal
   Catherine Berry
   Nick Bertelson
    Besskepp
   Mary Rose Betten
   Robert Beveridge
   Cheryl Beychok
   Gwendolyn Beyer
   François Biajoux
   Heitham Black
   Jarvis Black
   Beau Blue
   Rose Mary Boehm
   Bonnie Bolling
   Julie Bolt
   Lek Borja
   Cristogianni Borsella
   Gerald Bosacker
   Amanda Boschetto
   Wendy Bourke
   Jack G. Bowman
   Jennifer Bradpiece
   Bob Bradshaw
   Marcielle Brandler
   Peter Branson
   Sumiko Braun
   Adam Bresson
   Quiana Briggs
   Jack Bristow
   paulo brito
   Alan Britt
   Michelle Brodeur
   Lynne Bronstein
   Charles Brooks
   Jason Sanford Brown
   zoey brown
   Leah Brown
   Adam Levon Brown
   Deborah Edler Brown
   Bob Browning
   Sir Mark Bruback
   MC Bruce
   Jeffrey Bryant
   Kate Buckley
   Robin M. Buehler
   Ron Burch
   Graham Burchell
   Maria Rose Burgio
   Betsy Burke
   Matt Burns
   Richard Burrill
   Zachary C. Bush
   Tony Bush
   Elissa Calvin
   Joseph Camhi
   Don Kingfisher Campbell
   Don Kingfisher Campbell
   Neil Campbell
   Dana Campbell
   Velene Campbell
   JR Campbell
   Luis Campos
   Janine Canan
   Lyn Cannaday
   Pasquale Capacosa
   Joey Capone
   Hélène Cardona
   Britton Laine Carducci
   D.J. Carlile
   Julia Carlson
   Alicia Carpenter
   Jonathan Carr
   Patricia Carragon
   Oscar Carrasco
   Jared Carter
   Michael Aaron Casares
   John Casey
   Lisa Castro
   Anna Cates
   Rachael Kelechi Caulker
   Nika Cavat
   Michael Caylo-Baradi
   Steve Ceniceros
   Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
   Michael Ceraolo
    Cerise
   Robert Cesaretti
   Cheryl Chambers
   Lita-Luise Chappell
   Shibani Chattopadhyay
   Lisa Cheby
   Beth Cheng
   Ralph-Michael Chiaia
   Juhi Chowdhury
   David Christensen
   Darice Clark
   Terry Clark
   Terry Clark
   Phil Clark
   Charles Claymore
   Jeanette Clough
   Kim Cochran
   Ed Coet
   Tobi Cogswell
   Megan Coker
   Bruce Colbert
   Merrill Cole
   Karen E. Cole
   Christopher Coleman
   Larry Colker
   Beverly M. Collins
   Christiane Conésa-Bostock
   David Concepcion
   Christiane Conesa-Bostock
   Brendan Connell
   Alice Constantine
   Jack Cooper
   Flavia Cosma
   Chella Courington
   Rachel Coventry
   R. Paul Craig
   David Cravens
   William Crawford
   Natalie Crick
   Rosemarie Crisafi
   Carla Criscuolo
   Chris Crittenden
   Benjamin Crowley
   Susan Culver
   Bill Cunningham
   Joe Cyr
   Jim D Babwe
   Morgaine d'Abney
   Karen Corcoran Dabkowski
   Daniel Daian
    Dalton
   Catherine Daly
   Iris Dan
   Marie Lecrivain & Daniel Gallik
   Dan Danila
   Michelle Daugherty
   Piper Davenport
   Kathrine David
   Gareth Davies
   Holly Day
   Frank De Canio
   Gregory De Feo
   Steve De France
   J. de Salvo
   J de Salvo
   kumari de Silva
   Pijush Kanti Deb
   Shalla DeGuzman
   JD DeHart
   Diane Dehler
   Aurelius Demarco
   Darren C Demaree
   Gloria Derge
   Chris Derrico
   Lea Deschenes
   Maurice Devitt
   Theo Diamantis
   Mike Dias
   Martin Dickinson
   Edward J DiMaio
   Mark Dixon
   Peggy Dobreer
   Rosemarie Dombrowski
   Francisco J. Dominguez
   Linsly Donnelly
   Lisa Helene Donovan
   Kevin Doran
   Marvin Dorsey
   John Dorsey
   Marvin Louis Dorsey
   Laura A. Lionello & Douglas Richardson
   Doug Draime
   Donelle Dreese
   Dale Duke
   Jawanza Dumisani
   Henri Dumolet
   Max Dunbar
   t. joseph dunn
   Robin Wyatt Dunn
   Tyler Dupuis
    Durenda
   Walter Durk
   Ron Dvorkin
   Douglas Dvorkin
   Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
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   Elisabeth Adwin Edwards
   Sabrina Edwards
   Patricia J. Edwards
   Miguel Eichelberger
   John Elison
   Julian Ellis
   Neil Ellman
   Dalia Elmanzalawy
   K. Eltinaé
   R.M. Engelhardt
   Margarita Engle
   Jon Epstein
   Sufi Erter
   Eli Eshaghian
   Michael Estabrook
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   Richard Fein
   John Feins
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   Emily Fernandez
   Melissa Fischer
   W.S. Fisher
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   Amelia Fleetwood
   Jake Fleshner
   John Jay Flicker
   David Flynn
   Rich Follett
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   Liz Fortini
   Sesshu Foster
   Heather Fowler
   Clint Frakes
   Sarah Francois
   Amélie Frank
   Amelie Frank
   Alex M. Frankel
   Allie Frazier
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   Suzanne Frost
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   Elliott Gabay
   Steven Gabriel
   Timothy Gager
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   J Gamble
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   Jerry Garcia
   Daniel Garcia-Black
   Alex Gardner
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   Vince Garofalo
   Yvonne Garrett
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   Ulrike Gerbig
   Janice Gero
   Ursula T. Gibson
   Rebecca Gimblett
   Tony Gloeggler
   Steve Goldman
   Vesna Goldsworthy
   Melanie Gonzalez
   Gerda Govine Ituarte
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   Allison Grayhurst
   Jeff Green
   Timothy Green
   Jeanie Greensfelder
   Rhoda Greenstone
   Amos Greig
   John Greiner
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   Summer Griffiths
   Danielle Grilli
   Brian Grillo
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   Wendy Grosskopf
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   Kenneth Gurney
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   Debashish Haar
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   Tresha Faye Haefner
   Matthias Hagedorn
   James Hall
   Tom Hamilton
   Danielle Harper
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   William Harris
   Matt Harris
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   JD Hart
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   Scott Jacobson
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   Ivan Jenson
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   Gene Justice
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   Jay Kantor
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   Collin Kelley
   Kamuran Kelly
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   Hari Bhajan Khalsa
   Elisabeth Khan
   Just Kibbe
   Jerome Kiel
   lalo kikiriki
   Ashley King
   Robert S King
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   Edith Kornfeld
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   Gerard Kuc
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   Donna Kuhn
   Len Kuntz
   Craig Kurtz
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   Anthony Langford
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   Marie Lecrivain & Laura A. Lionello
   Marianne LaValle-Vincent
   Kevin Lavey
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   Eric Lawson
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   Anne Lecrivain
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   Kevin Patrick Lee
   Emma Lee
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   Sharmagne Leland-St. John
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   Zachary Locklin
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   Suzan Lustig
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    Magdalena
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    Mephistopheles
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    Mike the Poet
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    Raindog
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    smzang
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    The Unarmed Man
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    TJungle
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    tolbert
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    Troy
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Greg Patrick
April 2019
   

 

Across the Divide

(Written in Belfast)


    By the dwindling twilight his shadow was cast along the much graffitied wall dividing the two communities… As if his presence was more than eloquence alone…
    He cast an inordinately generous amount in a soloist busker’s case and brushed past the curious look…
    The old sentimental song ushering him into the night.
    And the rebel angel’s soul of him danced with the lost souls in the song that seemed to ventriloquize the shadows.
    He remembered when he embraced her…when he didn’t feel the chill rain like the one that hailed him now.
    “A lord of snow and rain”.
    Disembodied music seemed to haunt the night as if a song’s title eluded a bewitched listener…
    The face that so captivated him mid-step… the one that would move a busker to stop mid-song… allowing the last echoes of the song to fade like a lover’s ghost into the immolation of dawn…
    A flash of startlingly impossibly green eyes before disappearing into the urban stream like a toast spilt in intoxication before it meets the lips…
    Her gaze like a translation of light to music the way a soloist composer reads silence set to music… Captivated by the gaze like all wild things that freeze before onrushing car beams… Eyes like biolumined tide pools of Celtic sea in matchless Gemini. Gaze of soundless incantation.
    The passing smile touched him like a tangible Aeolian caress not as the bard conjures song from harp strings but as the bard’s song touches and captivates the soul and séances visions of broken dreams in distant eyes like a ghost haunting a castle’s ruins…
    Beauty is a warning from nature and it went unheeded.
    The night wind like the ghost of an imminent kiss’s breath before a duet of lips now steaming in a sigh like the soloist busker in duet to echoes alone like a song one could not get out of one’s head, like a somnambulance over the dreamscapes of the heart.
    Not every man can be an island. One with rebellion at its heart and music at its soul.
    In the background he heard the maddening throb of marching band’s drums like the parody of a heartbeat… The zombified tread of adhering feet.
    Saw the alleyway illuminated in hellish splendour.
    Like a moth in an aerial dance with a fatal light he waltzed with her against a skyline of bonfires Vesuvianly blazing… A moth’s yearning for the burning. and the sensation of flight…
    Like a found castaway overlooking a sea of fire…
    Like a poem written against the flames she seemed.
    The illusionist’s betrayal of hating by dystopian creed vanished by the counterspell of eyes that cast their Endorian maleficence…
    And where the illusionist’s art was thwarted he knew magic in its true form…
    Like the unmasking at the stroke of midnight at the masquerade ball…
    “Take my hand this eve of the fires and together let’s throw back the dark…
    And no wall will come between us again…”
    Hailed anointingly in the embrace by the shockingly cold rain.
    The storm swept over him enrapturingly…uttering her name in a thousand names…
    Lips met in heretical duet…
    A trinity of three words…
    Like the belief that sacred texts would arise above the flames of a pyre…
    And it seemed the stars obscured in the city night were reignited.
    When will I see you again…?
    He hearkened to the bell tolling the appointed hour…
    His breath steamed in the chill air like the last shot of a duelist’s pistol…
    He raised his collar and pulled his hat low as he strode across the high street the bells tolling in synchrony with his heart.
    His muse made her entrance… His eyes rapt as if a lost nomad’s eyes
enthralled by the vision… as if all but saying “why doth the sun rise in the west”.
    Illuminated he stood as if hailed in ash and flame. His arms spread awaiting an embrace that never came.
    Her back exploding in red as she fell, her outline spreading crimson from her splayed arms running towards his unfulfilled embrace like a red angel graffitied on the urban warzone.
    He knelt over her… in a heartfelt last kiss trying to breathe life back into her.
    Eyes looked up from hers… seeing nothing…
    Transcending the ranks of advancing soldiers through the smoking ruins.
    Deafened by the explosions yet understanding…
    “Paddy ye have to let me go…”
    The refined private-tutored voice…
    “Go Paddy. They’ll kill you…”
    “Come back to the light Elizabeth…”
    He felt arms grab him… raising him.
    The rubber bullets ricocheting off the walls.
    Eyes fluttering open before their soulfire dwindled like the last light of the midnight sun to two standing looking.
    Like the ruined bastion and sentinel reached by a causeway spanning the Celtic sea… “And no walls will come between us again…”
    He had to wait… to wait until the mourners left. Till her people left and he could be alone with his lady. The crimson leaves of Samhain fell, hailing him.
    A defiant look to the parson who told him to leave.
    Tears like brandished warpaint.
    A throbbing phantom pain in the presence of couples laughing and holding each other.
    He remained aloof and alone in the pub, eyes brooding over the rim of the untouched pint cup… raised a toast to an empty chair as if to a kingdom with an empty throne at its heart.
    And unsung vision at a blinded bard’s soul…
    Silhouetted against the hearth in dark profile.
    You fell in love and rose over it… Over the bonfires… over the flags… over the murals… over a skyline of a city and night set on fire…

    Part 2

    Setting: Dunluce Castle
    He lingered as the last light of the sun ignited the sea before him like an illuminated manuscript.
    He lingered at the causeway of Dunluce Castle till the first belated stars appeared. Like one passerby amid the throng who stops midstride at a solitary busker’s song and stands in a still slow dance with the memories haunting the song… Like a bard’s ghost waiting in solitary vigil to serenade a muse beyond his station…
    He sang “She Moved Through The Fair” like a confidence betrayed to the night…
    Like an eerie burning murmuration the aurora borealis danced over the castle’s legend-haunted towers… in a danse macabre of fluorescent light in spectral revel… The Northern lights illuminated her façade as if a mirage beckoned with gathering substance of form and face…
    Envisioned like an artist wavering between finishing touches to complete a Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece…
    Feeling more kindred to the chieftain’s bards and ladies who laughed and cried in the old song’s echoes…
    He closed his eyes as if into a slow dance’s embrace…
    The waves of the Celtic sea rolled over the dark shipwrecked fathoms ventriloquizing the depth of his sigh…
    Like a far-flung pilgrim awaiting an elusive vision…
    The moon cast its spell of radiance over the shadow-haunted ruins…
    Like her heart and soul.
    As he stood like a sentinel of shadow… feeling older than the hills…
    And the Celtic sea seemed to sigh… An expectant hush befell…
    What he confided in brooding silence was a confidence between mortal and god alone…
    The surface of sea mirrored the moon like a spectral portal reopened.
    The eternal song of the waves beckoned him to the crushing brink of sea… awaiting a sacrificial offering.
    He envisioned her in Orphean valediction.
    Swaying in possessed waltz… He fell… As hard as a heart in love… a hard as he fell on the burning street. The shockwave swept over him.
    He shuddered convulsively… A trembling hand reached for hers… Like
a soloist composer searching for the right words.
    The shattering impact of water… The elusive luxuriant peace of the dark fathoms as if reclaiming an outcast changeling to the dark realms of song and legend.
    Moonbeams followed him as he sank. Like a presence of radiance escorting him to the depths like an apparitional searchlight.

copyright 2019 Greg Patrick