“Why did you become a hermit¿” Hafiz asks me.
“I didn’t. I went to the desert on a horse with no name. It felt good to be out of the rain. In the desert, you can’t remember your name,” Æ replies on my behalf, using the words of others.
Alice interjects, giggling, “And, if you do not know your name, only but No-Body can call you in from the garden to study!”
Ms. Dautrieve asks her, “Were you there to tend and care for the vine?”
Looking down, underground, “No, I was just playing in the dirt,” Alice replies.
Hafiz, laughing, “Stubborn women.”
“Æ contains multitudes, don’t judge me for my biological gender,” I say on Æ’s behalf.
Hafiz, “Okay. Y’all are stubborn. Period. Full stop.”
Alice, “EYY Haaa, HEE, Haw!”
Even Ms. Dautrieve joins in brayin’ and kickin’
I am laughing out, “You asses!”
Hafiz begins shaking their head.
Shakti rising in me, almost invisible except for presenting in a single arched eyebrow.
Bacchus, stamping and taking swipes in the soil, appearing as the uncastrated bull.
The Trickster spins down to the ground as a spider doing a silk dance down it’s own web, before becoming a coyote.
Negrune, the awesome Lovecraftian, lumbering beast towers into a meatball of a docile pitbull.
And, I espy with mine brown eyes, Merlin, the only wizard appearing without vizard.
So, I address him first, asking, “What’s the difference between a sorcerer and a wizard?”
He laughs and Secret Chiefs gather nearer to better hear
His reply of, “What’s the difference between a wizard and a warlock? A sorcerer and a witch? A mountain and a molehill¿”
And now We Are All howling in laughter at this pile of nonsense we pylon.
“Æ knows! Who wants to play King of the Hill¿!” cries Alice, elated at the fit of giggles to which these would-be adults are reduced.
The Trickster immediately rushes to the highest ground.
Negrune growls, slowly encroaching on The Coyote.
Ms. Dautrieve simply and politely raises her hand in affirmation.
Bacchus prepares his ill-advised bullrush.
Alice sizes up the more masculine beasts, already competing but only after briefly contemplating.
“Only if Æ can be Bobby!” I giggle, willfully missing the point before trying to be purposefully confusing.
Hafiz sits themselves down, to watch, in mild amusement.
Æ spreads itself to all through The Litany called pneuma.