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“Like teeth spilled from the sky’s broken jaw…”

I’m challenging myself to record one song each day this month, as a part of The MayDayChallenge. Here’s number one:

  • “Moldy Drywall”
  • Where the nail hung into / the moldy drywall
    I hung the icon / of the blessed virgin
    Her tears bled my breast / of its self pity
    No more will I succumb
    To the want of my impotent heart
  • I lay my back upon / the dusty hardwood
    My eyes found escape / through the curvéd skylight
    The lightning carved lines / betwixt the red clouds
    The earth drew the rain
    Like teeth from the sky’s broken jaw
  • Sleep crept toward me from / the furthest corner
    I turned my head to view / the encroaching shadow
    My throat offered up / an Ave Mary
    As the silt of forgetfulness
    Swallowed whole my dissolute self
  • In dreams madness swelled / with salty vengeance
    Rusted centipedes danced / on bleeding parchment
    I felt my lust and hate / gather hot beneath me
    My devils clamored
    While angels drained the pitch from my veins
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Magics & Technologies

Responding to an r/writing post on Technology vs. Magic in fiction:

I would parlay that technology is rooted in external phenomena, reliant on devices and treated materials (implants, things with moving or calculating parts), whereas ‘magic’ is a group of phenomena that is evoked through ‘will’, and channeled through treated materials that are not as intricately (but just as carefully) built (amulets, wands, Rings, Swords, etc.)

But at root it comes down to the terms that are used in describing the supra-normal powers and effects. The more hazy and metaphorical the language, the more it is perceived as ‘magic’, the more specific and technical the language, the more it is seen as ‘technology.’

Philosophically, technology is developed and deployed through Socratic and Aristotelian methods, whereas Magic is Sophistic. The former seeks to banish metaphor, the later seeks to master and refine it.