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walk with me a while across the sand

i. shimmering ohm

I dreamed we were crossing a desert land,
1 by 1 in a horseback caravan.
the desert is a vast stage where no-one speaks.
A spotlight hits the desert sand and glitters.

I know your name and no other’s.

Salt-licks like ancient history dwindle,

Cumuloform masses rise like new omens.

Space-time bends in shimmering arcs.

           fertile with potentiality,
          this ever-changing aether;
           as the earliest dreams of a peafowl
           conjure an emerald-cloaked apparition
           goddeslike, from a seed of yolk

           diamondlike infinities exist,
           hissing through this desert mist-
           and from nothing, baroque stalagmites rise,
           into symphonic order.

           open your crystal eye, wanderers,
           bright-eyed & innocent—
           greet this mirage
           that becomes itself for you.

bass & treble tones ring out & organize:
their radiant structure vibrates in the dry air,
and, in a moment of clarity,
a Path is brought to order by its Ohm.

ii. walk it.
see the kind man with boyish eyes?
he’ll hold your hand.
see the brave man with fire in his spirit?
he is your guide.
see the artist with the wild hair & the lion’s heart?
he’ll size you up & say yep, she’s alright for the journey. good luck kid.
see the stone-carver with the sad eyes & the warm heart?
he’ll pinch you & say goodbye, as he turns again to his marble.
see the man in the ivory tower?
he’ll say good riddance,
as he places his crystal ego in a chest,
she was always asking for one thing or another.
see velvet orpheus, carnation in his boutinierre?
he’ll press his hand to your’s, say, be off now ok? I’ll catch you later.

The women wrap you in a lovely blue cloak and attach myriad baubles to your person.

Do not question their ways.

I wait in the wings.
I love you and I want to walk beside you.

iii. the universe saw you & it shimmered with delight.

your’s is the face I want to see in the future.
you’re the only one I’d trust to hold my reins.
you dreamed a role to play,
and the universe shimmered with delight.

in your eyes I see 10,000 planets,
with 10,000 flowers on every one.
I see the soul of every flower shimmer.
I see 10,000 skies,
with stars orbiting stars orbiting stars - -

I can’t keep up with anything that’s not tattooed on my body
& what if I move to the Arctic Circle tomorrow
but let’s tie our spirits together in a knot
& set them on Heaven’s highest shelf- -

iv. until then, let’s cruise

(to be continued)

A+HRRA award summer 2023

The Summer 2023 Arts + Human Rights Research Award will be open to submissions this summer (approx. 14:51 UTC June 21 2023 - 06:50 UTC September 23rd 2023). The topic of the Summer 2023 A+HRRA is AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. 


th_Eroses, an arts publication, is awarding $100 for a work of artistic / literary research that addresses or concerns human rights in conjunction with this season's topic, AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. The term 'research' here is intended to indicate the process of creation, exploration, and discovery, rather than the compiling of archival facts and/or materials, although the compiling of archival facts and/or materials may be a part of the process of exploration and discovery, or a part of the process of shaping the path or direction of discovery. This is intended to be an open-ended premise, to support the range of work that may occur in artists' and writers' unique processes. 


From the UN: 


"What Are Human Rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination."


Successful submissions may, but are not required to, focus on investigative, process-based exploration and material discovery. Successful submissions may couple rigorous (or subjective) analysis with documentation of investigative, process-based exploration and discovery. Submissions do not need to be factual; forms of literary fiction, subjective expression, abstraction, choreography, and/or non-narrative presentations will be considered as well. Submissions in all languages and media are welcomed. 


The goal of this award is to amplify artistic voices that inquisitively and critically approach the pressing issues of our time, to create a habitat where a unique form of creative journalism can thrive, and to provide th_Eroses readers with artistic / literary insights into key issues.


Please note: If your work is submitted and selected for the award, you consent to the publication of your submitted work by th_Eroses now and in the future. Not all submissions will win the award; there may be one submission chosen, or multiple submissions, or none of the submissions. Selected submissions will receive an email of acceptance and next steps. 


Please submit work to with "Entry: Arts + Human Rights Research Award" in the subject line.

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