When did you start your tricks
What do you stand on such high legs for?
Why this length of shredded shank
Is it so that you shall lift your centre of gravity upwards
And weigh no more than air as you alight upon me,
Stand upon me weightless, you phantom?
I heard a woman call you the Winged Victory
In sluggish Venice.
You turn your head towards your tail, and smile.
How can you put so much devilry
Into that translucent phantom shred
Of a frail corpus?
Queer, with your thin wings and your streaming legs
How you sail like a heron, or a dull clot of air,
Yet what an aura surrounds you;
Your evil little aura, prowling, and casting a numbness on my mind.
That is your trick, your bit of filthy magic:
Invisibility, and the anæsthetic power
To deaden my attention in your direction.
But I know your game now, streaky sorcerer.
Queer, how you stalk and prowl the air
In circles and evasions, enveloping me,
Ghoul on wings
Settle, and stand on long thin shanks
Eyeing me sideways, and cunningly conscious that I am aware,
I hate the way you lurch off sideways into air
Having read my thoughts against you.
Come then, let us play at unawares,
And see who wins in this sly game of bluff.
Man or mosquito.
You don't know that I exist, and I don't know that you exist.
It is your trump
It is your hateful little trump
You pointed fiend,
Which shakes my sudden blood to hatred of you:
It is your small, high, hateful bugle in my ear.
Why do you do it?
Surely it is bad policy.
They say you can't help it.
If that is so, then I believe a little in Providence protecting the innocent.
But it sounds so amazingly like a slogan
A yell of triumph as you snatch my scalp.
Blood, red blood
I behold you stand
For a second enspasmed in oblivion,
Sucking live blood
Such silence, such suspended transport,
Such obscenity of trespass.
As well as you may.
Only your accursed hairy frailty
Your own imponder. -D.H Lawrence.
Live from the den. 🐺
this is Karen Ellise Stegall - one of the most kind, caring, compassionate, creative, exceptional human beings to roam this planet. I am #BLESSED to be able to say she is my bestest of best best friends. wow guys, I mean I could take up like 3 posts talking about her. but I won’t take your time - just go meet her!!!!! .
so we didn’t start as best friends. I was the class flirt & she was the class brown-noser. couldn’t stand each other. but somehow God interweaved our stories anyways, and oh how I wish I had space to go into those details, but maybe another day. so fast forward 4 years & we have to separate as she leaves to pursue her life in Sydney, Australia @ hillsong college for the next 3-4 years. & currently...she is still there...being a rockstar....but still 8,712 miles too far away. I’ve only seen her 1 time for 2 weeks out of the almost 3 years we’ve been apart. and let me tell you it fricken SUCKS. my twin, my right hand, my accountability sister - is only accessible 2or3/24 hours of the day (bc of the 16hour time difference...but also not really bc we both are college students working full time & never have time to talk 🙃) via FaceTime. So for all of you blessed enough to have your best friend a block away or even just a few states away...be THANKFUL. .
anyone blessed enough to know Ellise can stand with me for all I rave about her. She is the epitome of grace, servantship, joy, radiance, and passion. Even though its dreadful being apart - I know there is a divine connection between us, & we will always adventure together no matter where God sends us. this friendship just cannot be dulled. we’ll always pick up where we left off, and then some. she is THE friend I prayed for, one of my FAVORITE answers to prayer of all time - & the type of friend everyone should pray for. .
ellise, I miss you and love you more than words can ever say, and cannot WAIT to see you again - whenever that may be. still can’t believe we’re living these lives we’re living. ugh and you’re just so beautiful!!! like look at this pic guys!!
tag your bff or text or call & tell them why you love them or remind them of a memory - dont keep the gratitude inside! share the love!!
Big up @cxa.15 For The Shot, Edit By Me📸
Way down this country road in a holler.
Where they make that moonshine still.
There's an old man on the porch, on a shack.
And the shack is where he lives.
Round the town they call him "Pa".
It's Pa from on the hill.
And every time Pa does slay a hog, you can hear that hoggy squeal.
Fun fact: when I was 17 and deciding I wanted to make a career out photography, I was convinced I would become a surf photographer. 🏄♂️ (Had a blast on the San Clemente pier before working a wedding gig)
happy earth day friends!!!! ___________________________________________________________
my heart longs to visit every inch of this earth - she just has so much beauty, adventure, & knowledge to offer. im pretty obsessed with her. billion+ years old & still bangin 😛😍 i can’t wait to meet all of you, earth. you rock.
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