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Stranger Things Eddie Munson Fans

Stranger Things‘s Eddie Munson is apparently creating a big online interest in 1980s metal, with his favourite song Metallica’s Master of Puppets. Metallica were one of my favourite bands too, and I included them as one of my biggest poetry inspirations at the start of my first poetry collection.

Moreover, Eddie Munson fandom says he shares my 1965/66 birth time, dysfunctional childhood, height and hair colour! I can’t say I’ve watched any of it, and don’t get into series like that anymore. I’d probably watch it as a film, as I’ve watched many such movies such as Brightburn, The Endless and Freaks recently. Werewolf of Oz cites similar fiction I’d watched before starting writing, while XaW Files of course was inspired by X-Files.

1980s and early ’90s Metal music and lyrics provided the major soundtrack and framework for my early poetry and fantasy writing, while my late 1980s memoir cited Guns N’ Roses in the title, and had many recollections of heavy metal music and magazines I carried; while generally trying to travel light!

Hard to think it was 40 years ago, and to new fans must seem like the early 1940s did to me then.
The 1960s birth of rock seemed ancient to me, while the 1950s birth of rock n’ roll in black and white had next to no cultural relevance. 1940s music seemed just for movies and barely existed!!

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Poetry and Philosophy 10th Anniversary

Free ebook to download of peak pagan poetry and philosophy book from this website, before the creative juices dried, and the desire to create structured poetry declined; resulting in the slow and sublime entropy of the last decade (and third poetry collection), and the literary nonsense prose poetry of XaW Files: Beyond Humanity. Then there were the snippets of Facebook colourful background poems, and now, just a big empty void.

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Ukraine War, Black Sabbath and Animal Farm

Animal Farm has inspired me to leave the HUMANITY collective + join pigs: HAMUNITY is way forward for me…
Only Fans sigh ‘Oh well’ (Orwell)!

I hope to find some peaceful porcine, unlike Black Sabbath’s War Pigs (which I had listened to a few times recently, but not remembered it as an influence when I posted on Facebook this morning, in a Beyond Humanity kind of subliminal messages coincidence; and not really having read any Orwell lately!):

kirkstallhenge delivers: sunrise in cloudless sky

A weather and forecast conjunction alignment provided a cloudless sky for the first Kirkstallhenge unveiling, as the last post in the mistYmuse 20/21 encores.

The sunrise was a bit more northern than I thought, rising behind the second building, but that provided a nice shot as our planet span around a bit more, positioning our view of the sun between the buildings.

You’ve been a great crowd, and I’m sure the ancestors would be proud.

ancient astronomy city centre sunrises

The March equinox was yesterday and today is the end day of mistYmuse 20/21: four months after mYm 20/21 started, and five months after False Dawn Week! I hope it helped you through the traditionally toughest four or five months in the UK and northern hemisphere year.

This is one of three posts I hope to bring you today, bringing the biggest mistYmuse ever to a fireworks finale!

Ancient Astronomy Angle

I wasn’t awake for this morning’s sunrise, but wasn’t too bothered, as was for last year’s, and can see from this 20/3/20 photo how much the sun is further along the horizon from the three buildings it rose near on March 12th this year (as seen in photo below it).

March 20th:

March 12th:

On March 6th (last year), for the most iconic of mornings, the sun rose the other side of the three buildings:

On February 28th, this year, those three buildings are nearly out of the photo, and the hospital (circle above) becomes the next landmark;

On the 17th of February (last year) the sun was over the city centre, with the hospital (circled) nearly out of the photo. That tree has now been cut, exposing the pylon behind it.

A week earlier (on February 10th this year), it rose near the pylon, between the city centre and the south of the city across the River Aire:

On January 29th it had been below the city centre altogether.

historic mistymuse photos

A year ago yesterday the photos below were taken, and comparing them to photos earlier in the week started the ancient astronomical angle to the mistYmuse.

It is far better to refine than revolt

Sand Gazes Out of Hourglass, Wishes Put Out to Grass

D’ evil to fill lower void
life’s gra-in-dients to avoid
thinking it’ll fall straight under

sands of time, yours and mine

learning too late gravity rules
never seeing glass controller
meaning one becomes two added time

*The heading paraphrases “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I thought it was Shakespeare, but attributed to Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain!

*The Poem
D’ evil wordplays devil.
gra-in-dients: grain and gradients.
yours and mine: everybody.
gravity rules: double meaning, rules of gravity and gravity rules! exclamation.
one becomes two cross references ‘yours and mine’ and how evil multiplies the ‘sand time’ already given, and can become a part of you, such as time in prison being an all embracing main ‘partner’; or just guilt/regret in the brain.

Hourglasses have been written about quite a lot on this site, as you can see by searching, and are in my last poetry collection.

They’ve probably been of renewed interest to my neurons since one was featured in the The Pretty Reckless song/video 25:

muse delivers poem

The songs in my head
sang books that I read
merging in words shared
writing thoughts I dared
dig out of my mind bared
from a time when I cared
how the whole world fared
free running feelings snared
ability to function impaired
whole pages of my life teared
leaving nothing to be, or not to be, spared
that is the question; and answer, that’s all there is to be said!”

*To be or not to be, that is the question: Shakespeare.”
*Song I worked out inspired it, after starting to think the first lines was The Pretty Reckless: Going to Hell.

The night before I’d watched a documentary about 1000s of indigenous native women and children going missing and being killed in Canada. Many had been abused in monotheistic homes, like the British Homes children. Now we’ve got it happening to indigenous British Homes children by the new wave of monotheists!
Others had been sold by their families, or pimped by men in the community.
They seemed to presume the deadly culprits were white, but Canada is very multicultural now.
There seems no end to humanity’s inhumanity!

mistYmuse Further Clarification

Concerning the endurance race analogy, the sun has already returned to the start point of the course, a month either side of midwinter, and now it continues on into and beyond the city.

While Y-day was the half way point in the mistYmuse, if it was to be the halfway point of the sun’s journey, mistYmuse would have to run from October 21st to February 21st, with 2 months either side of Midwinter.

However, the clocks going back at the end of October would mess around with the time, and it wouldn’t run until the spring equinox, which gives the muse its acronym: midwinter until spring equinox.

ancient astronomy amateur

The ‘sunrise’ is now half way to the city centre from its midwinter most south-westerly first sighting point, with the big tree and v (a little poetry) convenient markers.
This morning’s photos above, and midwinter ones below.