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Forty Days

Who seeks the desert, valley of dry bones
wilderness, outside of fertility
that barren place, where no one desires naturally

criminal, outlaw, or scapegoat cast out;
and the hermit who seeks spiritual solitude
examines himself, purifies and returns to the Great City
with knowledge and strength

some for forty days, others forever
-- the final rejection of Worldly Life
dying to the corporeal, living in spirit
absorbed entirely in prayer

the desert is justice, outside of law
a place of punishment or purgation
of hostility

the Hero must enter into this land of lawlessness
where dragons dwell and hoard their treasures
He must deliver the World from its clutches
and return the stolen treasures to The World

His double-edged quest:
to deliver from evil
and restore life

The Desert is chastity and humility
no beauty blooms, no pleasing forms,
no comfort, or soft bed to sleep on,
nothing to appease the senses,
no food, drink or admiration

The Devil always appears with temptation:
sexual mirages, nostalgic pride, the promise of power
where in the dry sands temptation seeks the oasis
as the ship seeks harbour

A Wilderness between two cities
only the courageous of faith ever enter
fewer, still, cross over
and enter the Promised Land of New Life

Once a city itself
catastrophe demolished everything to waste
the Hero must discover and resolve
He must conquer the desolate
and become the new ruler
of His own restoration
Written by Deathkitty_134 (Khach0)
Author's Note
with respect to WH Auden and his journey into the iconographic sea.
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