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After Howl


Read Allen Ginsberg's poem, "Howl."

Write a rant, (your own version of "Howl"). Be as rhetorical as you like, get up on your soapbox and scream. Use repetition and striking imagery.


After Howl

Our days of terror are over now
you and I,
our apocalypse has ended,
the signs of war have faded
from our faces
now shining with holy oil
mingling with tears of gladness,
tumbling from tender sore eyes

Our days of torture ended
And we went rejoicing into that water,
you and I,
our hair hung in our faces,
washed with hyssop and made clean
we were kissed by simplicity
again and again
we tasted grace on our lips

These were the days of our mystical resurrection
when we knelt in holy places
smelling of beeswax, earth and incense
the chinking of the censer like bells breaking
the bonds of our psychic death
our minds restored from madness

we walked softly in those days
gathering sweetness,
thumbing woolen prayer ropes
tied in intricate knots by black-robed women
bathed in beauty and light

again and again
we heard holy words
chanted by musky, bearded angels,
sacred words and ancient melodies flooding
our hearts
the way made smooth
by suffering
again and again

the traces of war and apocalypse
once etched deeply into
our souls, are gone now
our minds ravished
by the heavenly mystery
only images
of our mystical Resurrection



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Sep. 6th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Your not-rant is quite beautiful.

I don't think I can play this one; I have neither the energy nor the creativity to even know where to begin......

All I'd want to rant about is the hormone-induced acne-on/acne-off, fuzzy-thinking, addle-brained, nightly-sweat-soaking, emotionally exhausting, what-the-fuck-I-just-had-my-period-two-weeks-ago phase of life called perimenopause, and who wants to read that shit?
Sep. 6th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
I couldn't really play this one either, but I had to. I just don't have it in me anymore to tap into a stream-of-consciousness rage.

Sep. 7th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
Whenever you post one of these challenges, I sit at my keyboards and try, and try and try. And Zip. The fingers fumble. The only way I can write free form is when I'm able to separate myself from myself. If you know what I mean.

I like what you did here. The theme of resurrection interlacing in each paragraph gives lots of interest.

Keep posting what you're doing. I'm devouring it.

Sep. 7th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Ack! I hated this assignment because I just couldn't get a rant to flow out of me. Something else wanted to come out I guess and that's okay.

Thanks for the positive words. It means a lot
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Sep. 7th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
This is really good. I'm not sure I can relate to your hatred of everything you call "baby-boomer" but I hate human fallenness and everything that human fallenness is responsible for, especially for some reason recently the suffering of animals. This fucked up fall is not their fault and they have nothing to gain from suffering, yet because of the strings you refer to they fell with us and it really fucks me up sometimes. I'm glad they are here because they bring me so much comfort, but to see this suffering is breaking my heart. Yes, human suffering is a nightmare, but this I can easier accept (sometimes, except for children) because we need this suffering to be transformed and to learn never again to create a hellish world like the one we live in.
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Sep. 8th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Did you "earn" Bonnie or is she a gift from God to you?

You and I live in the richest country in the world. There are millions of people in this world who would give their right arm to be able to eat from American dumpsters. Yes, you and I have struggled, but your sense of entitlement frightens and worries me. A sense of entitlement is a pretty ugly thing to have in a personality or disposition and it leads to war and the bombing of innocent people if unchecked.
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Sep. 9th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Maybe I confused the concept of earning something with the concept of entitlement.

We are not separate from everything else (including rich baby boomers) it's only our ego that makes us think we are....

more later, I have to go to work.
Sep. 9th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
Holy Shnikes! I guess I really touched a nerve there, sorry about that.

You're always going off on baby boomers and of course I can see why to a certain extent, but sometimes I wonder if you feel the need to revile a segment of society in order to be okay with yourself. And if so, then why "the babyboomers?" Surely there are other segments of the world's population more worthy of such derision. I personally like to blame Bush and Texans. ;P

I can't think in these boxes that are getting smaller and smaller with each response. How the hell do I put these under a thread?

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