The Perversity of Fate
I am a big mythology geek. I love it. I especially love seeing how certain myths translate into other cultures. Like Fate. Fate seems to transcend into all cultures. We are fascinated by destiny. We talk about it, write about it, and dream about it.
In many cultures, Fate is generally pictured as three women, the Moirai (Moerae in Latin). Sometimes they are all old and have one eye between them that they share. In other stories, they are three women representing the three Ages of Woman-youth, motherhood, crone. In one science fiction/fantasy series (The Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony), Fate is one woman who can change into one of the three Ages (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) at need. There are stories and plays (the Scottish play -also known as MacBeth) and songs all dealing with the subject of fate. Even today love songs like to tell us that “you are my destiny”. What a terribly romantic thing to say. Until the singer falls for someone else and you’re left with nothing because he took it all. Or maybe you like country music? In that case, SHE took your house, your truck AND your dog.
Fate is a perverse creature. She gets her kicks out of ironic situations. But, she also likes a good joke. And that is my subject for today’s challenges.
Today’s poetry challenge was to take a deck of cards and pick one card out of it and free-write for five minutes. Then edit into a poem. I have a confession. I didn’t free-write. I just copied, wrote, pasted, edited. And that took longer than five minutes. So, I must give some shout-outs today because Rod helped me out when I tweeted that I didn’t have a deck of cards. I know I have one but I can’t, for my life, find them. (See what Fate did there?) Cindy gets a shout-out because she dedicated her poem yesterday and said an incredible thing that made my day. Lizzi always gets one because, well, she’s Lizzi and I don’t know how I ever got along without her. Fate brought us all randomly together last October, and, somehow, we have all stuck together in this age of fleeting online relationships. If that’s not fate, I don’t know what is. Go visit their blogs and read some of their amazing poetry.
Anyway, on to the challenge. Blogging A to Z Challenge letter is T. My T word is tarot, fortune telling, and table. (Three Fates, three words.)
By Jessica Scott
Fortune telling using a deck of cards-
52 cards in a deck (53 counting the Joker),
13 cards in a suit (Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, Clubs),
12 court cards (King, Queen, Jack),
and I’m to pick one that will reveal my future.
So which card does Fate have my finger fall on?
The seven of spades.
And voilá! Just like that I receive a glimpse into the book
of my life; I read a snippet of something that will happen in the next chapter,
something that will give me a clue to some problem or insight into a relationship!
I wait, breath held, blood racing, to discover a new part in my destiny:
“There will be setbacks but the goal can be achieved.”
Funny how accurate a generalized fortune can be.