The Tale of Hominus Ominus (Other) by Blue Magpie
A long time ago, when the world was still young,
and the love-songs of life fell from everyoneâs tongue,
two brothers were born in a cave out of sight;
the Day was one parent and the other was Night.
Made orphans by birth and unsure of their shape
they were nurtured by Nature and raised by an ape.
By features alone they were not told apart,
but the first had a mind and the second a heart.
Together they grew as they studied and learned,
and the soul of one flew while the other soul yearned,
âtil a day came around when they had to create
a sign or a symbol to govern their fate.
They had all the time they could possibly need
and each wished the other the strength to succeed,
then Aggapus rested and brought forth a dream
while Ominus tinkered and made a machine.
Next Aggapus whittled a whistle to play
and followed a tune to the end of the day,
he learned about poetry, painting and joy,
and even today he still looks like a boy.
But Ominus fell after Aggapus left
his consciousness darkened, his feelings bereft,
and as fear slowly twisted the lines of his sight,
he invented a weapon with which he could fight.
He conquered his parents, his world and his nurse,
but never himself, so his fears just grew worse,
âtil he looked in a mirror and saw that heâd grown
so ugly and old that he let out a moan.
He laid down his weapons and gave a great sigh,
and sobs shook his frame as he started to cry,
lost and alone in the world he controlled
he had no-one to talk to, to hug or to hold.
But his tears were not silent, and Aggapus heard
his brotherâs great sorrow and flew on a word
from his elegant dreams to sit by his side,
and sing him sweet songs âtil his tears were dried.
In the sound of that music and the light of a smile
Hominus Ominus laughed for a while,
and his laughter like sunlight uplifted his soul,
suspended his sorrows and made him feel whole.
Then he broke up his weapons, his fences and chains,
and returned to the world all his ill-gotten gains,
released all his servants and freed all his pets,
and tore down his temples of doubts and regrets.
When Aggapus saw all his brother had built,
the shadows heâd worshipped, the blood that heâd spilt,
he was touched for a moment by tremors of shame
as he understood clearly that he was to blame,
for leaving his brother with nothing to feel
as he himself dallied in thoughts quite unreal;
then he swore to his parents, on his brotherâs past pain
that heâd never leave Ominus lonely again.
Now the two live together, but really theyâre one
inspiring each other and sharing the sun,
for each of them needs what the other must give,
if they wish to find peace in the world where they live.
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Posted: March 10, 2006 5:17 AM PST; Last modified: March 10, 2006 5:17 AM PST
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