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· A Voice in the Void

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  Mental Mannequin
by Keith Rowley
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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I name this style: Frantic Sequential Haiku!
Seriously though, I note that Ron Hull says: 'I don't get it'. And I can see why! This poem is a rather obtuse metaphor which may mean many things, so let's begin with the key idea - the Abyss. In magick, and particularly Aleister Crowley's magick, the Abyss is the gulf between normal and super-normal consciousness, guarded by the Demon of Dispersion Choronzon. If one enters the Abyss unprepared, one is dissipated, and this is what I feel modern life is doing to us, wrapping us in convention until it replaces our very souls with nothingness. We become hollow men and women, always wondering what Hell is, even as we live through it in our increasingly meaningless lives. Hell is not a place you see, it is a condition. Jasmin Seiler does seem to 'get' it because he has looked into the dark from his own viewpoint. In a nutshell then, immersion in our daily stupidities turns all of us into mental mannequins, corporate robots who yet long for meaningful lives and whose existences are tinged by a vague yet constant sense of regret for the lives we never had.

Where is the Abyss?
The fool at noontime's shadow

Where is the Abyss?
Gray puppets stab at keyboards
Mindless in the now!

Whence comes the Abyss?
Creep forward in waking death
Withered leaves abound!

Whence comes the Abyss?
Frozen neurons long for blood
Fear cannot be!

What is the Abyss?
Wrapped tight in convention
Reflections howl!

What is the Abyss?
Three dimensions of ice
Mental mannequin!

Freedom dies.









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Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 8/26/2012
disassociated from the tribe of physical contact
this is actually profound as cyber space segregates
us from each other & introduces us into the "Mental Mannequin"
which brings on the Abyss... Profound & Real

Blue Screens & Cyber Doom
Reviewed by Axilea MU 6/18/2012
There is a missing link in the modern, dissociated mind. Your poem makes me think of the loss of meaning that turns people into puppets.

Reviewed by jude forese 5/1/2012
a gem from the equinox ...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/30/2012
Unlike Jasmin, I don't get it.

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/30/2012
Harlots of the state, religion, etc, and their own mentallity, just like.....bless ya, Jasmin Horst

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The Aquarius Key, A Novel of the Occult

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  1. I Wish I Could Tell You...
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  3. I Wish I Knew
  4. Transmorpho
  5. unraveling
  6. Morning Walk
  7. Time Started
  8. Sentimental Pond
  9. Misnomers of Fame
  10. I'm Thankful For
  11. You're Not Alone
  12. In Loving Memory
  13. The Fate Peddler
  14. Trees Aflame
  15. Overcoming
  16. Everything Flutters
  17. Again I Ask For More...
  18. Running On Empty
  19. The Mask
  20. Moments Gone

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