Greatness . . . a Transitory Experience

“Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune


delusional greatness by kiley

Echo Narcissus © Kurt Wenner 2007

Echo Narcissus © Kurt Wenner 2007

Nor Hell A Fury

Nor Hell A Fury
Blackout Poem
Created by j.kiley
Inspired by BBC Series
“Doctor Foster”


The Mourning Bride
Act III Scene I


Is it my love? ask again
That Question, speak again that soft Voice,
And love again with Wishes in thy Eyes.
O no! thou can’st not. . .

Can’st thou forgive me then? wilt thou believe
So kindly of my Fault, to call it Madness?
O, give that Madness yet a milder Name,
And call it Passion; then, be still more kind,
And call that Passion Love.

Hell! Hell!
Yet I’ll be calm. . .
But now that Dawn begins, and the slow Hand
Of Fate is stretch’d to draw the Veil, and leave
Thee bare. . .

Heav’n has no Rage, like Love and Hatred turn’d,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d.

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Passages from “The Mourning Bride”
A Tragedy [Premiered 319 years ago in 1697]
Playwright William Congreve

J.W.Waterhouse, Medea / Gemaelde, 1906-07 - J.W.Waterhouse / Medea / Painting -

Medea – John William Waterhouse – Nor Hell A Fury

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‘maggie the cat’

In the ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides, Medea was the sorceress who assisted Jason in obtaining the Golden Fleece and later became his wife. Jason betrayed Medea by divorcing her and marrying another. In Medea’s transformation, she progresses from suicidal despair to sadistic fury. Her revenge on Jason’s betrayals start with a series of murders, culminating in the murder of their two young children. When Jason comes to her, she has their two children brought forth. Jason is horrified when he sees that his two children are indeed dead. The pleasure Medea experiences while watching Jason’s suffering outweighed her feelings of remorse for what she had done. As Jason mourns, Medea escapes through the help of The King of Athens, Aegeus. Medea created a brew for the King’s infertility in exchange for sanctuary in Athens. Medea’s plight, under the circumstances of the day, a certain sympathy can be felt. After everything she did to make Jason succeed. His actions, in turn, are to abandon her to climb the ladder of success by marrying the daughter of the King of Corinth.

maggie-the-cat-paw-print1Jealousy contains such depth of rage, at times, but it does not forgive such acts of depravity. Knowing the whole story does give one understanding, and makes Medea a sympathic character of mythology. Maggie the Cat | Roars & Purrs

Disappointment Is Less Than What I Feel

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‘maggie the cat’

I had a complete meltdown on Wednesday. The world felt like it had become alien. All hope had left the room. Left the Universe. If there is a reason this is happening like the election was rigged, not by the Democrats, I feel it was all a set up by the other side in Hell. He worked it out perfectly, except I am not certain he even wanted the responsibility of the 3am wake up calls. But then he may just be entering Hell by winning the electoral vote. He thinks life was rough with his Dad, he now has hit the mother load of being accountable. Many Special Prosecutors need to examine him in minute detail, with every law he has broken. The Sexual Assault cases are a great place to start. Follow those cases by investigating the rip off of students who enrolled in his bogus university & using a loop hole in the tax code to not pay his Federal Income Tax. Meaning he doesn’t support any aspect of the Government of the United States. That includes no money for education, soldiers who put their lives on the line for ours & the World’s Freedom. No help for the infrastructure. Plainly said, he didn’t contribute to the creation of jobs for one single person. And let us not forget about all the people who worked for him, who contracted to be paid for their work & received nothing. He is a miserly Scrooge, with his name losing interest exponentially. He needs to be visited by the Ghosts of Past, Present & Future. I want him to be shocked, if he even has a heart, by what he has done his entire life & what he will continue to do, unless he grows a conscience, in which he is extremely lacking. Is he redeemable? I have a strong feeling that he is not.

The following are some things to think about regarding the potential next President of the US who is not deserving of such a position. Those who voted for him will soon see, I hope for the sake of everyone I am wrong, just who they really voted for. Read the following to see what may lay ahead for him in the poet Dante’s Inferno.

The Doorway to Dante’s Inferno has been opened. Let’s see who falls down somewhere in the 9 Circles of Hell, (I do not necessarily agree with some of the designated placements). It is a poet’s interpretation. The Divine Comedy is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It includes three parts: Inferno, Purgatory & Paradise. I choose to represent Dante’s Inferno.

INFERNO (The 9 Circles of Hell) follows:


First Circle (Limbo)

Dante’s First Circle of Hell is resided by virtuous non-Christians and unbaptized pagans who are punished with eternity in an inferior form of Heaven. They live in a castle with seven gates which symbolize the seven virtues. Here, Dante sees many prominent people from classical antiquity such as Homer, Socrates, Aristotle, Cicero, Hippocrates and Julius Caesar.

Second Circle (Lust)

The Second Circle of Hell, find people who were overcome by Lust. They are punished by being blown violently back and forth by strong winds, preventing them from finding peace and rest. Strong winds symbolize the restlessness of a person who is led by desire for fleshly pleasures.

Third Circle (Gluttony)

The Third Circle of Hell, will be found souls of gluttons who are watched over by a worm-monster Cerberus. Sinners in this circle of Hell are punished by being forced to lie in a vile slush that is produced by never ending icy rain. The vile slush symbolizes personal degradation of one who overindulges in food, drink and other worldly pleasures, while the inability to see others lying nearby represents the gluttons’ selfishness and coldness.

Fourth Circle (Greed)

In the Fourth Circle of Hell, the Souls of people who are Punished for Greed. Divided into two groups – those who hoarded possessions and those who lavishly spent. Great weights were used as a weapon, pushing it with their chests, symbolizing their selfish drive for fortune during their lifetime.

Fifth Circle (Anger)

The Fifth Circle of Hell is where the Wrathful and Sullen are punished for their sins. The Wrathful fight each other on the surface of the river Styx and the Sullen are gurgling beneath the surface of the water.

Sixth Circle (Heresy)

When reaching the Sixth Circle of Hell, Heretics are condemned to eternity in flaming tombs.

Seventh Circle (Violence)

The Seventh Circle of Hell is divided into three rings. The Outer Ring houses murderers and others who were violent to other people and property. Many notable historical and mythological figures sank into a river of boiling blood and fire. In the Middle Ring, the poet Dante sees suicides who have been turned into trees and bushes which are fed upon by harpies. But he also sees here profligates, chased and torn to pieces by dogs. In the Inner Ring are blasphemers and (sodomites – this was fucked up thinking), residing in a desert of burning sand and burning rain falling from the sky.

Eight Circle (Fraud)

The Eight Circle of Hell is resided by the fraudulent. This circle of Hell is divided into 10 stony ditches with bridges between them. Dantes finds the following: 1. Panderers and Seducers. 2. Flatterers. 3. Those guilty of simony. 4. Sorcerers and False Prophets. 5. Corrupt Politicians. 6. Hypocrites. 7. Thieves 8. Evil Counselors and advisers. 9. Divisive Individuals. 10. Various Falsifiers Alchemists, Perjurers and Counterfeits.

Ninth Circle (Treachery)

The last Ninth Circle of Hell is divided into 4 Rounds according to the seriousness of the sin though all residents are frozen in an icy lake. Those who committed more severe sin are deeper within the ice. Each of the 4 Rounds is named after an individual who personifies the sin. Round 1 is named after Cain who killed his brother Abel. Round 2 is named after Anthenor of Troy who was Priam’s counselor during the Trojan War. Round 3 is named after Ptolemy (He was appointed governor of the Jericho region of Israel married a daughter of Simon Maccabaeus, military commander of the Maccabees and founder of Israel’s Hasmonean dynasty. Ptolemy held a banquet for his father-in-law Simon & two of Simon’s sons, where he had them killed. maggie-the-cat-paw-print1He then attempted to have Simon’s third son, John, killed also, but failed.) Round 4 is named after Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Maggie the Cat | Roars & Whispers



Listening to Lao Tzu sketch
Philosophy’s plans

Symbol’s treatise
Faith opening meaning’s door
A fathomless depth

Understanding thoughts
Traveled through time’s corridor
Enters our mind’s eye

(c) jk 2015

( “Reflections” haiku 1st appeared on Ben Naga blog )

Soulfire Phoenix

Soulfire Phoenix

The Phoenix is a universal symbol of rebirth, reincarnation, transformation, renewal and immortality. The Phoenix represents all that is good and kind and is often thought to be the ‘feminine’ counterpart of the yin/yang of Universal Energy. For thousands of years the tales of the ‘Bird of Fire’s’ immolation and resurrection have been told.

The Phoenix is a self reliant creature, only one ever existing at any one time. It is it’s own father, mother and child. All spring from the ashes of it’s fiery transformation.

The Phoenix can bring forth past life memories and aide in the healing of past emotional traumas, both from this life and those you have previously had.

Come Out of Fire

Come Out of Fire
Myth of Fixed Personalities
Violent Rebellion Part 2
Post Created by Jk the secret keeper
Collage Created by Jennifer Kiley
Created on Saturday 20th July 2013
Posted On Sunday 21st July 2013
A Writer’s Word

come out of fire by jennifer kiley (c) Jk 2013

red phoenix in yellow flames by kazooloo

Fireplace—Rising from the Fire Renewed—Symbolic Fire

[1] “No matter how many plans you make or how much in control you are, life is always winging it.” ― Carroll Bryant

[2] “The erotic state – again, a mixture of concentration and spontaneity – is a hypnoidal state, probably the most powerful kind that we are capable of experiencing, and it is in this condition that unexpected regions of the self are revealed, as the majority of people know from experience.” ― Peter Redgrove, The Black Goddess and the Unseen Real: Our Uncommon Senses and Their Common Sense

Author’s Corner With Shawn MacKenzie.

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A marvelous post on author extraordinaire, Shawn MacKenzie. Thank you Niamh Clune and ontheplumtree. It is a pleasure to reblog this post of “Author’s Corner.” Well, done. [added this edited version of my comment from “on the plum tree”]. A great post Niamh. Loved your tales Shawn of discovering the Dragon in a serendipitous way. Those magical used book stores carry such treasures. I do believe Dragon Green was sitting up wondering and waiting for your arrival. “Where is that little girl. She was supposed to be here hours and possibly days ago. Ah, there she is. Now I will work my wonders on her. She will understand me. They told me she would.” And there you were, taking book in hand and from that day forward your destiny was forged. You have tried other endeavors. Playwright extraordinaire. I love your plays. But that was a different time. Now you are immersed with Dragon lore and mythical explorations and all sorts of stories needing to be told. But Dragons will be foremost in your mind. They chose you and you chose them. Either way you are meant for the other. As a writer, your brilliance shines through, your precision is excellent, and your imagination soars throughout the universe. Now you have taken on the Editor’s Corner, where you are teaching other writers, professional and novice, the inner workings of writing, so that it’s appearance is fleshed out with more accuracy. Giving valuable direction to us all. It is an enjoyment to read each week, so informative, and served with a (pardon the expression from someone I love from my childhood,) “spoonful of sugar, which helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way.” Well, done Niamh, choosing Shawn MacKenzie as your “Author’s Corner” author célèbre. She is most deserving of the attention and has a great deal more magic up her sleeve from short stories to novels. When you wrote, Niamh: “Shawn is no ordinary writer of prose. She crafts sentences, weaving them with natural flair whilst introducing the unusual. Her brilliance of mind and wit shines through everything she does.” A most accurate statement, indeed. I will second that. Not biased much, just appreciative of a true “Wildean” wit who is a true contrarian, too shy, however, to shine the light on herself, though she deserves the brightest light of all. So thank you for doing this for her. Jk the secret keeper
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Niamh Clune

A favourite of Plum Tree Books is Shawn MacKenzie. You might all know her for her great editorial posts. But did you know, she is an expert on dragons and a brilliant writer in her own right? Shawn is no ordinary writer of prose. She crafts sentences, weaving them with natural flair whilst introducing the unusual. Her brilliance of mind and wit shines through everything she does. Great to have you here, Shawn.

Author’s Corner

by Shawn MacKENZIE

Hang out On the Plum Tree and you may know me from the Editor’s Corner. However, you may not know that there is actual authorial experience backing up all that pedantry. And so, at Niamh’s invitation, I’m delighted to introduce you to my fictional side, particularly my books on Dragons.dragon heeperdragon
As every dracophile knows, all talk of Dragons must begin with a story. They insist – and you don’t want to cross…

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DreamWeaver’s Corner With Dr. Niamh Clune: The Magic of Indwelling.

DreamWeaver’s Corner with Dr. Niamh Clune is the place to visit if you want to learn the real truth about dreams. How to communicate with your soul through the symbols that come from the unconscious when you dream. There have been several posts so far that take you through many elements about dreams that you may have thought you knew but this is a whole different way of looking at what dreams really are. “We should not fear our images or emotions, even though they threaten to overwhelm us. This is the stuff of the unconscious…”Follow this reblog back to On The Plum Tree and read the most recent DreamWeaver’s Corner and if you find intriguing what you discover then investigate further to see previous posts of DreamWeaver’s Corner with Dr. Niamh Clune. While you are there you will also discover a wonderful source of creativity of all kinds. Investigate and find the artistic and magical and mystical. I highly recommend On The Plum Tree. I visit there all the time. Do take the time. You will value the opportunity and find art and enlightenment all at the same time. Jk the secret keeper

Niamh Clune


What is the magic of indwelling and what do I mean by that? 
Dream language is symbol, metaphor, aphorism, expressed in images. Paradox is in-woven, threaded through every aspect of the image, the colour, atmosphere and quality. A dreamed or meditative image often shape-shifts. Understanding should be exciting and challenging, part of personal growth and self-discovery. Such images are Ariadne’s Threads leading us deep within Psyche into subterranean, unexpressed feelings and emotions.

For example: a bogey-man chasing us might be terrifying. We cannot run, escape or hide. A later visit to that image might, however, yield a moment of catharsis or enlightenment. This is where indwelling comes in. We cannot achieve a deep understanding of our image through observation or deduction. Only by entering into the soul of the image might we achieve recognition. Returning to an image consciously, we re-enter the moment of the dream, its raison d’etre, on…

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