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'Arktos' -- Latest new poem by ThisCantBeHappening! resident poet Gary Lindorff

By dlindorff - Posted on 26 January 2016

The Big Dipper is part of Ursa Major,

The Great Bear constellation

That presides over the Arctic.

Ursa shows the way to the North Star

Which has been helping people navigate

For thousands of years.

It’s hard to conceive of what that meant

For people on the North American continent,

To have that star, Polaris, up there

To depend on for orientation.

The Arctic is named for Arktos – Bear.

Is it really so strange

That Bear and her land share the same great spirit?

We aren’t used to making whole places disappear,

Only the souls and vitality of places.

Ursus, however, will not go away,

Being made of stars.

But Arktos has nowhere to go and

She can’t go to live in the sky,

Or can she?

I wonder how our distant descendants

Will explain these times.

Will they tell of a race of small-headed, one-eyed giants...


For the rest of this article by GARY LINDORFF, resident artist at ThisCantBeHappening!, the independent, uncompromised, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative news site, please go to:

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