in times of peace

in times of peace

she was

the flicker of fireflies

a hypnotizing absinthe light

undulating in the summer foliage

but even

in times of peace

she was

prepared for war

the digger of unmarked graves

a paralyzing vermilion siren

beckoning in the autumn soil

a. duncan, 2017



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"She would fill endless notebooks with stories about the characters in her life, their impressions, words, friends, lovers, inspirations, fantasies. She spent her days dreaming up worlds where they fit together in visions; the if only, the never again, the someday. Those who knew her best would describe her as a creature with a clear and sometimes painful sense of herself; furious with ideas and convictions, to a point that she frightened love away with discernment and a relentless strength of character."

8 thoughts on “in times of peace

  1. Gemini, hm? Interesting. Is this more a hint to the mindset of this woman mentioned I wonder? The one in a time of peace but prepared to go to war, the unknown soldier in a war some might not even know exist. And even then, how do you fight what you can’t see?

    Gemini is air. Air fluctuates. I know this because I am Libra, also air. Balance. Scales. And scales shift.

    Perhaps that speaks to my own anxieties, me being a man of balance, one foot in the door of being a gentleman but also having a foot outside in the mud, ready to turn into a feral primal animal, fulfilling whatever the mood wants of me at that moment – desire, rage, fucking.

    I’m rambling. This was, as always, thought provoking. Lovely.

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  2. I happen to be a Gemini and duality – the two sides to the same coin, the same woman – two distinct personalities, behaviors and moods (compassionate and dedicated versus self destructive and arrogant) have tended to define me. My husband is a libra… most of my lovers and best male friends have been libra’s (or leo’s). So it’s not a surprise to me that, you too, are represented by the scales. They are very complimentary zodiacs… both divided in different ways. As always your feedback is lovely and fascinating.


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