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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 2, June 2019

Cher Holt-Fortin & Maxianne Berger
Syracuse, New York, USA & Montreal, Quebec, Canada

And Then

In the last year of the kingdom, the Winter Hermit and the Black Dog of Death walked the land from late summer till the end. Snow followed. The wind rose to snuff his lantern — but it could not. And the Serpent of Life — the serpent who should have perished quickly in the cold as other life died — writhed and struggled until the last day. At the end, only flame in the lantern remained. Standing on the outcrop, he held it in his frozen hand. Nothing living stirred in that world anymore, only the wind and the pale flame flickering.

mother’s ever-closed eyelids
seem to flutter
where do dreams wander
when the dreamer sleeps?

Author’s Note: Cher Holt-Fortin’s prose is prompted by the image of the Hermit in the After Tarot (created by Pietro Alligo, Corrine Kenner, Giulia F. Massaglia, 2016). Each card shows what might have next happened in the scene depicted by the Rider-Waite cards (as illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1909). After card IX adds a dog and a serpent.

Editor's Note: If you'd like to see the original by Pamela Colman Smith and the After by Pietro Alligo, Corrine Kenner, Giulia F. Massaglia, go here: Tarot Cards original and after.



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