THE GEM 31 OCTOBER 2018 : NOW I KNOW WHAT A GHOST IS. UNFINISHED BUSINESS, THAT’S WHAT.”

Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
Ghosts seem harder to please than we are; it is as though they haunted for haunting’s sake — much as we relive, brood, and smoulder over our pasts. ELIZABETH BOWEN, preface to The Second Ghost Book
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THE GEM 30 OCTOBER 2018 ROBERT FROST : I WANT TO ASK YOU IF IT STANDS TO REASON THAT WOMEN PROPHETS SHOULD BE BURNED AS WITCHES, WHEREAS MEN PROPHETS ARE RECEIVED WITH HONOUR.

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Up on their brooms the Witches stream,
Crooked and black in the crescent’s gleam;
One foot high, and one foot low,
Bearded, cloaked, and cowled they go.
’Neath Charlie’s Wain they twitter and tweet,
And away they swarm ’neath the Dragon’s feet,
With a whoop and a flutter they swing and sway,
And surge pell-mell down the Milky Way.
Between the legs of the glittering Chair
They hover and squeak in the empty air.
Then round they swoop past the glimmering Lion
To where Sirius barks behind huge Orion;
Up, then, and over to wheel amain,
Under the silver, and home again.

(From Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes, London: Constable and Co., 1913)

THEGEM 26 OCTOBER 2018 : LIMP ALONG UNTIL YOUR LEGS ARE SPENT, AND YOU FALL FLAT AND YOUR ENERGY IS DRAINED. THEN THE GRACE OF THE DIVINE WILL LIFT YOU. ― RUMI

“He walked as he’d learned to walk, with only a minimal limp, back straight, head held high in confidence rather than cockiness. He walked like a man who had learned to lean into God for whatever strength he needed.”

― Robin Lee Hatcher, Fit to Be Tied

THEGEM 24 OCTOBER 2018 I LIKE TO SLEEP IN A COSY BED, WITH A BLANKET FOR MY FEET AND A PILLOW FOR MY HEAD.

SLEEP BY JILL MCDOUGALL

“I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”

― David Benioff, City of Thieves