S
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The full load of the dead is the raw potential of a banished world
To crawl up the black beach of our days
Depositing

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On the storm swept strands

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Only to discover Reasoners deadly gulls
Screeching

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Out of dawn’s infernal sky

13/4/13

 Whakapapa: developed from a saying of the Self: ‘The full load of the dead might represent the raw…’ In the poems background is the banished world on Anima Mundi, the world soul, the dynamic power of Nature. The poet W.B. Yeats called Anima Mundi ‘The Great Memory’ because it contains the vast memory of Nature. The image of the turtle refers to the ability of Anima Mundi to speak prophetically in our deep dreams or through visionary experiences. ‘Snug between the domed and flat surfaces of its shell, the tortoise also became the mediator between Heaven and Earth. For this reason the tortoise was adjudged to possess the powers of knowledge and prophecy.’ 1) ‘Reasoners deadly gulls’ echoes William Blake on the potential of (spiritless) reason to mock and murder spiritual (or imaginative) experience. ‘The idiot Reasoner laughs at the Man of Imagination/and from laughter proceeds to murder by undervaluing calumny’ 2)

 1) The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols; Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant, Translated by John Buchanan-Brown Pgs. 1017/1018

2) William Blake: Milton: Plate 32, [35], E (131)

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