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By Su Leybourn

Behold the first of gate and all but one (spinners/singers) do gather souls by fire’s light.
And on, the second of gate ripples through the shapes of past
The third of gates is breached in whisper should the ear be sound.
And lo! This night doth bring such fears of crack that rivers breathe in emptiness.
THE SPINNERS OF DIAMOND LIGHT. Being LIBER CXVI.

THE FIRST OF SPINNERS: THE TALISMAN. Being the Lords of Lyra.
Comes one eternal moment presupposed
Wherein all balance meets upon the Eye;
As past and future intersect in turn
Of cosmic wheel, so life from death is fired.
In such a moment do the veils withdraw
For Swift of Second as the Powers yield
Upon the heart. Now Chronos stands aside
A muted image to the source revealed.
First borne of speakers is the Talisman,
Tail-biting serpent crowning child of flame;
With haunting song that once could move the trees,
Or bind a river’s course for turn again.
Once ruler, sacred marker bearing south,
Firing sound as Lord of Flight unto the eye,
That would, at rest, eternal vigil keep
To gather strands across the gulfs of time.
On quarter turn of wheel comes memory,
One more and talons claw the stellar night;
The hunter and the hunted intertwined
Come through the void as imprint to the mind.
The dying child is keeper of this frame,
That things as senseless be would now reflect
Some strength of purpose in the rend of heart,
For challenge and direction to effect.
Unto the Lords of Flame is payment due,
The offering of Truth unto the Eye,
And having given all as sacrifice
The wheel gives out new meaning to design.

Written 22nd March 1998.

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