Monday, April 02, 2007

brought to you by the letter "D"


D
Originally uploaded by Leo Reynolds.

found, but not really a poem

D is for
daleth, or door
an ancient Assyrian symbol
for the "gate of heaven"

Mystics say it symbolizes
the breast or the bosom
even the vulva

The Greeks considered
their delta
the letter of Demeter

In its triangular form
resides all three aspects of the goddess:
Demeter, Persephone, Kore

The Pythagoreans preferred it
for its geometry

D is for
the waxing of the year
twin to the letter T
sacred to the druids
who call it duir
and associate it with the oak
the planet Jupiter
and Thursday

The ruinic sign
was named daeg
meaning "day"
and was equated with light

The first and least tangible
yet most desired gift



More or less found and cobbled together from The Alphabet Abecedarium, which I'm picking through instead of working, because I'm tired of working, even though I still have much work to do.

7 comments:

Mikkel said...

IXI - Dagr, the rune for D, was eventually thrown out of the futhark because it was such a troublemaker. As you know, Bob, the word "futhark", like "alphabet", simply names the first letters of the string, F, U, TH, A, R, K. But did you know that the word "futha" is also the old norse word for pussy? And I don't mean the animal.

suttonhoo said...

well there you go.

there's something generative about an alphabet, it seems, from many different angles.

I was going to ditch this post now that morning has come because it seems so random and irrelevant, but given your comment I'm going to keep it.

I think.

maybe.

Anali said...

Delightful! : )

suttonhoo said...

oh dear. you guys are shaming me in to keeping it up.

'cause I think I want to nuke it.

Lolabola said...

work is overrated, this is much better

MGL said...

Have you ever tried writing the word qwerty on a qwerty keyboard? It's really easy.

anniemcq said...

Nope. This one is Definitely a keeper!

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