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10 years ago  ::  Dec 25, 2007 - 6:32AM #1
Posts: 29
Hi everybody!

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this...I didn't think the writing forum was quite right. I've always been a bit nervous about The Tower card and was justifiably nervous when I saw that this year was my 'Tower year.' This being the end of 2007, time for a bit of reflection...and the following poem about

XVI - The Tower
I always thought it would fall
- a slow collapse -
it didn't
it exploded
I expected a slow
Chips of stone
Time to run
- the fire  exit -
Collect belongings
Feed the cat
I thought I'd be sad
even scared
I was sure I could watch
From a distance.

The signs were all there.
The ticking clock
The smell of gas -
warning signs I ignored
they weren't the signs I thought they'd see.
- Cracks
Chips of stone -
I didn't even see
when the fuse was lit.
Thought it just a hammer blow.

But now:
I've found the exit
- I think -
And I've found safe ground
- I think -
and I stare back in disbelief.
What was there is gone:
           just a ruin
      smouldering -
             - a reminder -
And I can't go back.

From destruction:
A star.
I look ahead.
I look to myself.
I turn from the Tower,
burning still behind me.

With flames behind, I have no choice.
I can only go

Sorry it's long, sorry if it shouldn't be here. I've posted it as a little added interpretation of the card.

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10 years ago  ::  Dec 27, 2007 - 5:13AM #2
Posts: 137
Cherry, I understand this poem, thank you for sharing it, and I don't see anything wrong with posting it here, anyway.
btw, I was dismayed to see the Tower in a reading recently too.(never my favorite thing to see)
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10 years ago  ::  Dec 27, 2007 - 8:23AM #3
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[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Sienna"]Great poem, Cherry, and if you stick around this place, you might find yourself among others with a flair for the poetic.  This might even be the start of a whole poetry thread, you never know.

I, too, have had dealings with the Tower card.  I can really relate to the end of your poem- from destruction, hope.
With flames behind, I have no choice.
I can only go

Except it's usually dead, smoldering ashes by the time you leave.  That was my experience anyway.  I did have a long, thoughtful post typed up but the stupid B'net system ate it. 

This is the right place.  Stay a while,share some more if you have them. 


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10 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2007 - 3:10AM #4
Posts: 29
Thanks everybody!

A poetry thread'd be great, especially for cards that are difficult to read!

Wren, I loved your poem, especially this line:

"behind her heart
a place that was broken
that needed a new start."

I'm afraid I'm going to print it out and stick it on my wall!

And I've never liked 5 of swords - nor the 9 of swords, if I'm honest - but seeing the Tower in a reading always freaked me out most of all. It rarely came up for me, actually, which just meant it had all the more impact when it finally  made itself known!

Anyway, thanks for the welcome everybody.
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10 years ago  ::  Jan 02, 2008 - 4:29PM #5
Posts: 124
I loved both poems (Cherry's and Wren's) and I think this is a fantastic idea.   I've got the majority of the cards down, but there remain a couple that I can't seem to feel in readings.  I'm sure the poems would help. 

Alas, I don't have a flair for the poetic..   so I may have a request for more peoms from you both!!
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10 years ago  ::  Apr 05, 2008 - 12:19AM #6
Posts: 3
Wow! Imagine my luck in finding this conversation tonite! :)  These are lovely poems regarding The Tower..and Cheryl, NO, it's not too long. It tells a compelling story. Change can be disquieting when it is forced upon us, but often times, something quite unplanned must occur to shake us from our comfort zone so we can move to new things in our life. While we often focus on the destruction, it is the light that allows us to move forward.

I'd love to share my poem as well. Several years, I was given my first Tarot deck - the Dragons by Conway and I loved them. Her prose inspired me to turn them into poetry.  They are posted at:

*16 The Tower*
Discord; Catastrophe

The Tower built of stone
    falls as dragons swirl around
Claws tearing at the fortress
    as they hurl it toward the ground.

Overgrown human ego and pride
    pale as the sky is filled with storms;
Truth flashes in the light
    and changing perspective reveals positive forms.
~ ~ ~
You are forever changed
    by events which you have seen.
Frustration seems to reign
    as ashes form from your dreams.
Be prepared for tragedy
    or discord in family life;
But light shines amid the woes,
    truth struggles to dispel the strife.

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10 years ago  ::  Dec 27, 2007 - 7:32PM #7
Posts: 124
I think your poem was thoughtful and telling.  I too have had this card in my readings, for me it was always a good card because the circumstances I was living under were so negative, I was glad to see it crumble and burn.  From the ashes of the Tower I have the fulfillment of the Universe.   I guess it depends on what is being torn down, and what you build in its place.
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