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Gulley Jimson's Visionary Wall      by Walter Rufus Eagles
 

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Dream analysts, ladies of occult-darkened rooms
And teachers and long-dead writers of ancient apocrypha
All foredoom the value, stuff and insanity
Packing that squared-off universe of light and form
You knew to be (if still within the mind)
Arranged by no geometer
But by What is better left unnamed and void
Until seen in seraphic crouch and glow
Upon the shoulders of an otherwise anonymous child
Somewhere in England or Jerusalem.

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Once that blaze of light had seared your ordinary brain
No hand, foot nor eye could claim the less allegiance
From your captive heart
For being drudge and scullion,
Soldier, thief, hangman or whore.
Crushed to craze
Beneath the vaunting foot of unshod Son of God
You saw from subjugation several planes
Of Being's bliss.
And your eyes are not your eyes:
Those colors out there stark upon the world
Were really never red or green
And seldom violent. And here
Upon this muralled wall
The burning Tyger of another's mystic days
Peers in rage and impotence
From out a forest of night-flesh legs that,
Clipped beneath the knee at ceiling height,
Thrust up to sky within the mind
Their thigh and groin, breast and brain:
A vision meant to seize the heart
And grip it through the ceiling,
To be hauled into the sky,
Breaking blacksmith's chain.

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Walter Rufus Eagles
Natchitoches, Louisiana, 1959

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Recorded 12/30/1999

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