A Reading from the Book of Reve…
(being the 3rd of 9 segments)
— Glossary —
Jepherus – William Jefferson Clinton (the ’90s)
Columba – North America
Ahrimangu – the World Wide Web, aka the Information Superhighway
Sons of Widows – seekers distinguished by moral autonomy
joomba – djembe drum circle music
nuajah – new-agey self-help literature
digimentos – computer software
Noobis – Africa
Dagamas – Portuguese
Kaanan – Canada
Kebikwa – Quebec
Kwa-ka-lapiz – Appalachians & Laurentians Mts.
Gothis – NY/NJ metropolitan area
Porto – Newark
Azotl-Qwotl – Mexico City
Harrok-man – a forest north of Gothis
Jeru – a beautiful stream in the wilderness
— Personalities —
Icker – author
Icker’s Deep Self
Ellis – Ellis Feldman
— Imaginary Beings —
Angels of Icker, Ellis, Zoya
Archangel of Kanaan
Az – dark archangel of Ahrimangu (herald inspirer of the World Wide Web)
an Archai (a zeitgeist spirit)
1. Now Ellis was a friend of Icker, who had wisdom in the arts of pharmacy. Oft was the time when Ellis would dispense advice without recompense to some acquaintance with a malady or dysfunction.
2. And this Ellis devoted himself to learning all the nuajah methods regarding health of the body, originating from many regions and quarters.
3. And he became learned to distinguish the false from the true. Though humble in external circumstance, many in his circle took note of his value.
4. Whereas Ellis was drawn to study of the body, Icker considered the psyche. And he busied himself with every discovered technique.
5. So for a while the two friends collaborated in harmony, each providing what the other lacked in pursuit of their knowledge for healing the man, and the woman.
6. And whenever their duties allowed, they met for long walks, each telling of new findings and listening and together pondering the significance.
7. And at last their mutual acquaintance had entered already its third year. And it was the third portion of that year, the season when forests around Gothis blaze with many colors.
8. When the first breaths of northern frost seep into the air, thrilling those of good cheer with portents of adventurous change, and harrowing those of frail makeup with trepidation and apprehension.
9. On such a day, while peregrinating through the glades of Harrok-man, Ellis disclosed to Icker his decision to soon relocate to the core of Gothis, for a well-reputed and master chemist had agreed to employ him there.
10. In part, Ellis sought his friend’s council in this. For Gothis, all knew, was a trying place to inhabit, fraught with the travails of metropols.
11. But the two friends agreed in the merits of the decision. And both knew this would come to mean their meetings would come less easily, and with greater intervals between them.
12. And sensing transition, their consensus was to reconvene in one month. Upon exchanging farewells, they were amazed by an enormous massing of swirling brown leaves, spiraling in the activated wind all about them.
13. And a one steeped within the ways of the spirit would recognize this as a sign, but Icker and Ellis recognized it not.