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"Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here." 

"As you wish."

On a small rock nearby is the wren, the sacred bird of kings, revered as an oracle and a keeper of secret wisdom. The wren is an ancient totem bird that flew highest of all creatures by riding the back of the great eagle, thus earning itself the title of King of All Birds. It serves as a reminder that the smallest of Earth's creatures is capable of soaring to the greatest heights and seeing beyond the furthest horizon.

This time of rebirth is both inward and mystical, and yet outward and universal, beyond the narrow boundaries of human civilization and moral codes.~The Wildwood Tarot

"You be careful . . .

. . . People in masks cannot be trusted."


  1. letting Jason's new post breathe over at the mask.
    likely we'll post over there to see where this foolishness goes . . .

  2. For the Anniversary of My Death

    Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
    When the last fires will wave to me
    And the silence will set out
    Tireless traveler
    Like the beam of a lightless star

    Then I will no longer
    Find myself in life as in a strange garment
    Surprised at the earth
    And the love of one woman
    And the shamelessness of men
    As today writing after three days of rain
    Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
    And bowing not knowing to what

  3. wren |ren|
    1 a small short-winged songbird found chiefly in the New World. • Family Troglodytidae: many genera and numerous species, in particular the very small Troglodytes troglodytes ( winter wren), which has a short cocked tail and is the only wren that occurs the Old World.
    2 [usu. with adj. ] any of a number of small songbirds that resemble the true wrens in size or appearance.
    ORIGIN Old English wrenna, of Germanic origin.

  4. Renatus is a first name of Latin origin which means "born again" (natus = born). In countries of Italian, Portuguese and Spanish languages it exists in a masculine and feminine form i.e., Renato and Renata. In the French language they have been translated to René and Renée. The feminine form Renate is also common in Dutch and German language-speaking countries. Renata is a common female name in Poland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Lithuania and Slovakia. In Russia the names Renat (or "Rinat") and Renata are widespead among the Tatar population. In some Spanish speaking countries, the name has taken on a different meaning: as a contraction for Rey (king) and Nato (birth), it has come to mean "born a king."
    The name has a spiritual, not literal meaning, i.e., to be born again with baptism, i.e, from water and the Holy Spirit). It was extensively adopted by early Christians in Ancient Rome, due to the importance of baptism. The onomastic is San Renato, a martyr, Bishop of Sorrento in the 5th century, which is celebrated on December 12.
    In Persian Mithraism, which spread widely in the West as a religion of the soldiers and officials under the Roman Empire, persons initiated into its mysteries were designated renatus (with the meaning of regenerated).

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