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Poem unconsciously inspired by Moorcock

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  • cfyork
    Wanderer of the Mittel March
    • Aug 2005
    • 10

    Poem unconsciously inspired by Moorcock

    I have to say that Michael Moorcock's books were probably the biggest influences in my young life. I had read Tolkien and a few others prior to him but Moorcock was to me relevant to real life whereas the others were more escapism. And I still maintain that view of most of his work. The weighty themes of fate, destiny and the quest for the meaning of life are all dealt with in ways that are very relevant to anybody who is human.

    I am 35 now and I find it very difficult to read any fantasy literature. Moorcock is the one exception. Just recently I went back to the second Corum trilogy and to my suprise I found somethng that gave me insight to my own creative process.

    I had written a poem a few years ago. It has since been published in Parabola and a few online publications including the Joseph Campbell website. I called it "man". Anyway, most attributed it to influences of a bardic or celtic nature. Having never read any of that material I couldn't see it. Anyway, long story short is I came upon the liturgy used to call Corum and I clearly see where it came from. Which is really surprising because I probably read this series for the first and last time when I was around 13 or 14, which was over 20 years ago. I suppose it stuck with me all that time until I came up with my own version in the poem.

    Anyway the poem is posted below. Of course I used other symbology but it is all in all almost identical in tone to what is in the Corum books.

    Poem is below:

    I am the slave and the hero
    I am he who has come from afar
    To right that which has fallen
    I am the hermit and I am the teacher
    The scribe of the ibis headed thoth
    I am the thinker and the fool
    The two who are made into one
    And the lovers forever torn apart
    I am the phoneix born once again from the flames of yesterday
    I am he who would know the secrets
    And I am the one who would conceal all mysteries
    I am the two faced god of lies
    And I am the gentle prince of lambs
    I am he who would rise up to so slay his father
    And I am he who would reclaim all that was lost
    I am the finder of ways, the mytic in the dark forest
    The lotus petal blossom from which all begins anew
    It is I who would retrieve the sword
    And it is I who would drink from the chalice of blood
    And sail from rising sun to setting sun
    In my boat of millions of years
    When that serpent offered that apple
    It is I who took the first bite
    I tell only lies to those who would hear them
    But I speak truth to those who but seek it
    So sit and listen a while seeker
    For I have the cup which you would but drink of
    If you only knew how
  • PsychicWarVeteran
    Flesh Bag of Mostly Water
    • Mar 2004
    • 2554

    Re: Poem unconsciously inspired by Moorcock

    I like it.

    Originally posted by cfyork
    I tell only lies to those who would hear them
    But I speak truth to those who but seek it
    So sit and listen a while seeker
    For I have the cup which you would but drink of
    If you only knew how
    This is, IMHO, the best part and it makes a fantastic ending to the poem (and beginning to something else?)

    Nice work, cfyork. And welcome to Moorcock's Miscellany!
    "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
    --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars