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counting coup, the branding

Author: ruejacobs
ASL Info:    39/feminazi/Gehenna
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i dunno what it means,

counting coup, the branding

copyright by ruejacobs 3/27/2009 at 6 p.m.
(for Obsidian)

caviar on my tongue
the liquid salt burst
this membrane a memory
i sliced it clean through
i sliced through you
that's one, dear
watch your step

a lichen armor on my skin
as black as pitch
see how it creeps
and multiplies
an abacus
that's two, love
take care

the delicate elastic thread
pulled taut and stretched
until it snaps
you saw the goddess naked, archer
and that is three
i'll make you dance

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  caviar on your tongue.

you will be aware of the wisdom associated with eating what is good for you, when it is good for you. and too much salt will kill you like an overly well muscled right arm might...

lichen armour (how wonderful)

lichen thrives in good clean air: it is the oddest oldest rocksucker. to me for what it is worth, lichen takes me back to the far north of norway and the north west high bits of england, where there is stillness and clarity. and lichen is low range 3d marquetry that chronicles my life.

anyway. you enumerate what has wound you round the axle and oddly enough (knot) it is done in a way that alternately delights and confuses the reader.

this demographic clumsiness suits me entirely for i care little for the reader scratching his or her chin.

keep on keeping on you strange creature.

| Posted on 2009-04-16 00:00:00 | by Awkward | [ Reply to This ]
'Counting Coup in Indian wars would be when a warrior would hit his enemy with a stick. This would change the enemies energy, by just letting him know that you are not frightened and if you had really wanted to hurt him you could have. This act of physically touching your enemy without seriously hurting him can disarm the enemy. It creates an opportunity for the enemy to think about, and consider what he is doing and gives him a chance to remember that all life is sacred.'


after that bombardment of well placed words,

has the brave warrior added a few

extra feathers

to an already impressive headdress,

or added a few more notches on the coup stick,

or both?

it is a real treat to return here.

(and, before i forget to mention it,

it was very kind of you to leave us the

photographic clues.)

scoring points in a war of words

requires bravado. it is not for the meek.

its a bit like dealing with naughty children. 'if you

don't get down from the top of that ladder by the

time i count to three, then woe betide you '!

there is tension there .. a bit like in your taut

elastic, need huge amounts of confidence

just in case they call your bluff ...

where on earth do you go next, if they

triumphantly do the logic,

and realise they have boxed you into a corner?

its not much fun if the elastic snaps.


in my opinion, this warrior deserves the extra


and thank you.

it is lovely to see so much positive activity

surrounding your family,

bringing you such happiness.


| Posted on 2009-03-30 00:00:00 | by Alter idem | [ Reply to This ]
  And...Three strikes you're out?
Beautiful Piece Mummy.
| Posted on 2009-03-28 00:00:00 | by dismal_s child | [ Reply to This ]
  that's 'blazing hot'

you missed the t in 'stretched'

I think the imagery is outstanding and having encountered the numbers(and journal) before, I got this.

I love that there's a brief seeming moment of tenderness in there and imagine there are meanings hiding under lichen that are being expressed/understood.

you could carry this poem somewhere you might need it and be well armed.

| Posted on 2009-03-27 00:00:00 | by Daniel Barlow | [ Reply to This ]

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