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Tarot Eight – Strength

September 20, 2006

The lion opens wide, its tempered jaws
like sentinels stand ready to acclaim
her majesty. Within her pregnant pause
a reservoir of strength and pow’r remain.
Self-confidence and certainty her mane,
though subject still to the Eternal Law,
she holds her force in readiness, remains
with calm and smooth exterior, because
she knows were she to free this lion’s maw
the Kingdoms of the world, her fire can tame.


This poem is written in Iambic Pentameter (as long as you allow for the one-syllable reading of “power” in line four). Each line has ten syllables, and the poem itself is in ten lines. The result, I hope, is a strong beat and a matching solidity of function and form to correspond with the meaning of the card itself.

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2 comments

  1. this is so fine- a real insightful interpretation – all original!


  2. I like this one. Beautiful rhythm and use of words.



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