Poem: I am Bacchus or Dionysus

I am a mess

I am a God who is dying

A hundred generations ago as Bacchus or Dionysus

In Ancient Greece and Rome I had cults

I went by different names in Haiti and Africa

Baron Saturday

I was worshipped

With the Berzerkers’ blood-rage

With Romeo and Juliet’s lusty obsessions

That dissolves good sense

That break taboos

That inspire the laws of bureaucratic civilisation

I am the God of parties that go to far

Of extreme intoxication

Of the freedom of insanity

Of the riot

And of thoughtless selfishness

For a while, I drove Christians

To change Apollo’s name

Torture and hang him on a cross

Women tore each other apart once or twice a year

To escape the drudgery of their enslavery

I am trance

I am the darkness of a nightmare

When the peace of sleep gives no rest

I am the ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and the theatre of righteousness

That justifies terrorism

You may imprison the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine,

To avoid my rites of spring

Of fertility, of orchards and fruit, of vegetation,

To try to be a good girl and good boy

To be a rational scientist

A philosopher

A monk

To create a fairy garden of beauty and control

Of flowers and fruit that bloom at the right moment

But I am the magnificent storm, Shiva Rudra

That washes away your plans

I am the unfair freedom everyone secretly wants

The freedom the Marquis de Sade and Crowley preached

The freedom from shame and guilt

The freedom to follow your will

Your power

That you drink, dance and snort for

Driven from within

That lets you forget consideration

Forget the feelings of others,

Forget empathy

Forget laws police imposed and lore told as lessons exposed

It is true that when I lived at full flight

When I was named

My ceremonies were the night to Apollo’s day

He was the sharp lines of rationality in daylight

Predictable

Knowable

Prose

While I am dreams and visions

The imagination of the night

Associations and correspondences

Knowledge from your gut

Poetry

Together we made you whole

Terror of the unknown

Of the spaces between thoughts

The body’s needy vulnerability

Nature’s gargantuan gorgeousness

The way feelings can be earthquakes

Can be sunny days in winter

Or a song that opens you naked to a moment

Has you reaching for the safety of solid sunlight

Of Apollo’s comfortable prophesies

The command and control of your hand brushing your teeth

The delusions of a web of meaning that will cocoon you

From lightning

From sad stories that make no sense

From trees that drop branches on you without warning because a wildfire hasn’t trimmed them.

If you embrace me

You will learn the art of letting go of control that leads to wisdom

Then the wildfire becomes a release that prunes the forest

My ceremonies become Mardi Gras and New Year

That mark the cycles of life, the seasons

That let lusts grow into the depth of beauty that is the love of Aphrodite

Grand Art Tour

As of April 1st, I’m touring the world. Well, South Africa, Europe, North America and South America. This itinerary is going to change. And already has. I’ve split the French leg between Paris and some time in the country-side. And I haven’t booked the South American leg because that depends on my budget. I will be posting regular reports on the travels, that will include art (mostly watercolour pencils), photography and the occasional video here.

I’m already behind on postings as this demonstrates, being near 3 weeks late. Enjoying participating in the experiences does interfere with writing about them. Stay tuned I will be catching up soon.

ITINERARY
1 April – Flight to Johannesburg
Origin: Sydney NS AU (SYD)
Flying Time: 14 hrs 5 min
Airline: Qantas

8 April – Flights to Paris
Origin: Johannesburg ZA (JNB)
Destination: Frankfurt DE (FRA)
Flying Time: 10 hrs 45 min

Origin: Frankfurt DE (FRA)
Destination: Paris Charles de Gaulle Apt FR (CDG)
Flying Time: 1 hrs 10 min

BusAbout Europe
1 May – Bus to Amsterdam
Departs Paris: 08:00 AM
Arrives: Amsterdam: 18:00 PM

6 May – Bus to Berlin
Departs Amsterdam: 08:00 AM
Arrives: Berlin 18:00 PM


11 May – Bus to Prague
Departs Berlin: 08:00 AM
Arrives: Prague: 13:15 PM

16 May – Train to Vienna (One-Way Train Ticket)
Departs Prague: 08:50 AM
Arrives: Vienna: 12:50 PM

20 May – Bus to Krakow
Departs Vienna: 08:00 AM
Arrives: Krakow: 16:00 PM

25 May – Bus to Budapest
Departs Krakow: 08:00 AM
Arrives: Budapest: 18:00 PM

29 May – Train to Venice (One-Way Train Ticket)
Departs Budapest: 09:10 AM
Arrives: Venice: 20:05 PM

5 June – Train to Florence (One-Way Train Ticket)
Departs Venice: 07:25 AM
Arrives: Florence: 09:30 AM

8 June – Bus to Cinque Terre
Departs Florence: 08:00 AM
Arrives: Cinque Terre: 10:45 AM

10 June – Bus to Lauterbrunnen (Swiss Alps)
Departs Cinque Terre: 10:45 AM
Arrives: Lauterbrunnen: 20:00 PM

12 June – Bus to Nice
Departs Lauterbrunnen: 08:00 AM
Arrives: Nice: 18:00 PM

15 June – Bus to Barcelona
Departs Nice: 08:00 AM
Arrives: Barcelona: 18:30 PM

20 June – TO BE ARRANGED: MOROCCO + SOUTH SPAIN

2 July – Bus to San Sebastian
Departs Barcelona: 08:00 AM
Arrives: San Sebastian: 16:00 PM

2 July – Train to Bilbao (One-Way Train Ticket)
Departs San Sebastian: 18:55 PM
Arrives: Bilbao: 20:30 PM

7 July – Train to San Sebastian (One-Way Train Ticket)
Departs Bilbao: 05:15 AM
Arrives San Sebastian: 06:40 AM

7 July – Bus to Paris
Departs San Sebastian: 08:00 AM
Arrives: Paris: 18:00 PM

Flights out of Europe

8 July – Flights to Los Angeles
Origin: Paris Charles de Gaulle Apt FR (CDG)
Destination: Frankfurt DE (FRA)
Flying Time: 1 hrs 15 min

Origin: Frankfurt DE (FRA)
Destination: Los Angeles CA US (LAX)
Flying Time: 11 hrs 45 min

24 August – Flight to Sydney
Origin: Los Angeles CA US (LAX)
Destination: Sydney NS AU (SYD)
Flying Time: 15 hrs