Sunday, August 26, 2007

Yin Yang Moon

Two needful hands draw
their respective bodies together

A yin yang full moon,
two holy-stoners
passing intimate conspiracies
through inspired tongues
after seeing the light,
like snake handlers
to both venom and fate
until the last bite brings home
the difference between
goddesses and men.

The circle of tonight
is forever unbroken;
unlike we who made
the circle complete
with black and white eyes
that hold quivering secrets
to each others' core.

Eyes so dark they know ghosts
by their nicknames.

Incandescent pearl eyes
so beautiful
the heart dies
and is reborn--
exactly like that.

Eyes that know

the black
cannot be
without the white.



benjibopper said...

what happens when they discover that difference between goddess and man?

eric1313 said...

hopefully both parties know they aren't gods or goddesses, really...

that were all the same, on some basic levels. The difference is the way we live and think about achieving those goals.

peace out

btw, everyone

I've been busy as heck and can't wait ot see you all. Gotta get my classes in order--MSU this week, an English major who needs only a little more work to finish up...

catch you all soon, I hope!

karma lennon said...

I like the last line a lot. No black without white, no good without evil, no love without hate....everything's circular. I think life just goes in circles in general.

Blancodeviosa said...

my white can't be without coffee. yup yup ;)

Blancodeviosa said...

ha!! the word verification cracked me up-


i think google has been perusing again.
just sayin' yo

neko said...


that's so sweet.

to belong.. what bliss. elusive bliss.

i like this poem. it speaks of danger and need,.desire and beauty.

Anonymous said...

You know, I never thought of it before, but you are a little bit Taoist, aren't you Eric? I think you have touched on a few of the Taoist principles other than balance as well...

Crashdummie said...

you just explained why I just love the taoism symbol of ying & yang.

just loved the poem eric, nothing new there, but my favorite part has to be

"Eyes so dark they know ghosts
by their nicknames.

that just sumerizes everything for me.

Cheers mate! said...

balance. does rebirth exist in death? or does death exist in rebirth?

singleton said...

In the wee hours of the morning, the moon elipsed, it was beautiful...
I watched it go from yin to yang before the sun rose...

"like snake handlers
to both venom and fate"


Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

I like the snake handlers metaphor too.

captain corky said...

The only time I can recall ghosts by their nicknames is after I finish an entire bottle of tequila.

Great work Eric!

Lynn@ZelleBlog said...

I think we have to push ourselves to look beyond obvious contrast, to find ways to see paradox in our own context.

Eric I have some links for you, when you are not as busy, about writers who try to define loss in beauty, and try to apply some Japanese concepts like cherished neglect. it made me really long for words in English to describe some of what you are talking about. Language can be limiting. Sadly, black white is a dichotomy that we can seize upon so it is overused. One author joked that in English, we use the word "old" a lot too but in Japan, they have words for certain kinds of old...and so on. That capture concepts that we simply dont write about here very often.

Like in the way we talk about eskimo words for snow and how there are more because it is such a part of life...Japanese culture has more words for the kinds of relationships you are talking about since dualism and circles are just a part of their poetry. I think it is pretty fascinating when a poet in English is able to duplicate that through technique.

Anyway I probably put you to sleep by now. I guess I am a bit TOO into poetics. Me babblin!

There's something to be said for gettin' a life!

Behind Blue Eyes said...

Another great one Eric!

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singleton said...

Where are you? I fell off the earth, came back, and you're nowhere to be found! Here's to hoping all's good with you!
Peace and love

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eric1313 said...


Thanks for your comments and patience. I had some big hassles to address in my life and it took a lot of my fire power to do so. I was a bit upset with everything, and in no mood to write or even log on. But I did catch up on my neglected guitar playing and I am glad to say that indeed the subconscious mind is always practicing, as I am a lot better than ever before, and somehow, I am now able to sing (not wonderfully) and play at the same time, which was always something that gave me fits before. Not that long ago, actually...

I credit the mind expanding properties of the blogosphere with this pleasent surprise! Thank you very much, my peeps!

and btw
if you get a chance, read "All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers", by Larry McMurtry.
I just read it again (3 times now)and it's just outstanding--as well as all too short a read.

Crashdummie said...

i have one word for you:

youtube! ;)

Gald that you're back.
Cheers mate!

Blancodeviosa said...

Have a great weekend!

the walking man said...

The duality stands up through out, the love, the hate, like dislike, yin, yan

not my style but certainly a good example of yours and you know you write like a demon ready to devour or an angel ready to save.

hope it is all working out for you and the issues you mentioned are being resolved.

I don't read anymore but I sure as hell can get into Tom Waites.



singleton said...


Ariana said...

I love this one sweetie. Once again you tapped into my brain when you write. We have to get together sometime soon. Give my cell a call. Hugs!!

eric1313 said...

I'm glad to still be here. In turn, I'm glad to see you all have stuck with me.

My Piston's cap is off to you all.

ann said...

thank you for visiting... I've been MIA for a while...

I always sit and read your words with my mouth dropping... so powerful

"eyes that know"

only if they are not blinded by love methinks

eric1313 said...

Ann, you have a wonderful point.

Balance, in all things--a familliar theme, no? But when love is involved, balnce can be trully hard to maintain.

Thanks for the visit.

Cazzie!!! said...

OMG, I love this yet again, you never fail to amaze bring out all sorts of emotions for the reader..and of course...we ought not BE without the other..we are truly one...LOL at the authorities bit at the end :)

Cazzie!!! said...

Wow, what..I just readx back in comments and I see you play guitar..I love that! My boy Nick has a little acoustic guitar..he loves to strum along and sing :)

skinnylittleblonde said...

"The circle of tonight
is forever unbroken;
unlike we who made
the circle complete
with black and white eyes
that hold quivering secrets
to each other's core."

Everything is nothing & nothing is a secret...may the circle remain unbroken

Simply beautiful Eric...your words always are. I, like Ann, have been MIA but always feel right at home when I bounce back here...thank you!