Riding through the desert of the Valley of the Shadow of Samael,
I am leather-clad King in search of my Queen’s font, Eve rides bareback
behind me, babe pressed to her breast, and we are exiles in the wastes,
sprung from harsh ground, and the book of the angel Raziel is clutched
to my back, and the dune winds blow in scorching simoom heat, Seirim
haunt the wine-laden expanses, satyr dances vengeful Cain presides over,
he the Prince of Nod, but Eve and I must ride on on our bone steeds, followed
by all the undead I have raised in this resurrection dance. I am the fallen heart
of the Sun, the rising soul of the Father, and my Cross was olive in Paradise, I
skinned myself for my bosom wife, and now she wears my purity if only to protect
her delicate skin, my Bride, my Legendarium, and my own flesh grows hard as earth.
The wounds from Heavenly War never really wore out, ridges of train tracks over
my flesh, and in every incarnation I am scourged and bleeding raw, thick scar tissue
the only marker of my commitment to shouldering Sin. My other wives are night
howlers, Eisheth eating the Damned, Lilith sucking me dry come the witching hour,
milking my seed for her own ends, and in the evening, Eve strays to the oasis and takes
up in my twin serpent’s arms, we have a burgeoning festooned mess of love, loss, pain.
The demons tempt, the devils wail, and the angels made mortal walk on, sinful Lebanon.
We that toil and travail away carrying shining Seth to higher ground, out of despair’s
leaden valley, with harsh concave bellies, shattered glass to dance on, Adam and Eve,
we were brilliant fliers in the sky once, general and mother warrior of Heaven bright,
but you see, for these seeds of stars, this Image of God we have become, to bear fruit,
Eve and I must be entered and locked into a cycle of Sin and suffering, exile of Eden.
The Garden I tend, I am at heart a farmer, and part of me, my corpus, is High Above,
in the rose garden at the center of the universe, carrying flowers to Myself to turn into
anointing holy oil to rain down and absolve humanity of their sins, but Samael and the
Angels of Prostitution, Eve and I, we are mouthsful of vinegar and wishful drinking.
Fermented water, bitter barley, hoppy beer. Lovedrunk, winestunk, stonesunk Hell.
Hell, Hell, I know that Well. And so we endure, and so we ride on, finding ground that
is good to turn over with spade and ho, fructify with moonblood, work my dark curses
on any foreigner’s god that strays to our shores, and so I guide the bones, the dead, those
waiting to join the ascended at the End of Days and feel flesh and blood once more, but I
gambled away my bones long ago, and they are now in the body of the Devil’s heart:
Satan’s heart, Michael’s bones. Daughter of White and Black Pillar. Walk on, Rhiannon.
Walk on. Do not trust me when my wasp eyes burble over in madness’ flood, I am as
harsh as dry earth, what softness you have known of my love and lullabies and me
giving everything including my last rib to you is only the beginning of my sacrifice,
I tore the skin off my back for you just so you would not grow cold during a rainstorm,
and Eve, I am so old, but you two are so young, so please, bear with me and my Brother,
we are only trying