the magic begins
so long as I focus to
reveal its witch grin
upsidogi has been slowing down time. she can catch herself now. she must perform the rituals to slow down, and then upsidogi can catch herself when she gets scared. like red∆spikey∆squirrel upsidogi can freeze, listen, look, smell, think. then move, or not. upsidogi knew how to do the slow-down-time before her retreat. she forgot she knew how. she forgot the how existed at all. she stopped sitting still with bugs∆birds∆hound∆slither∆shiney∆dark. she started moving fast like humans. upsidogi can not keep up with humans. she is trying to stop trying to keep up with humans. upsidogi moves with her breath and plays with moving like smoke and sound. upsidogi plays and performs rituals and tries not to hurt anything.
upsidogi lights a sweet∆smoke and carries it with her through the offering. she and sweet∆smoke swim with sound. upsidogi watches sweet∆smoke morphing from solid to vapor and upsidogi mimic-moves-dances and knows she knows this dance in her muscles. she has moved this way often and she is moving this way closer to always. this is an upsidogi-dance. again today the offering is deepened. now inward into her. and upsidogi moves from box to book to window with golden-bead-offering for the blue∆dipped∆ravens, without knowing she is doing so. she and sweet∆smoke swirl the ritual and upsidogi enters again into an alignment with bugs∆birds∆hound∆slither∆shiney∆humans. this alignment is rare but she has moved this way before and she is moving this way closer to often.
upsidogi climbs down from here nest, does an upsidogi-dance through the hinterhof
click-click-click click-click-click click-click-click.
upsidogi is moving toward wise∆sharp∆stytch.
≠as upsidogi records these happenings her stomach and body will not sit. upsidogi moves toward food then toward sunlight, moves into stretching in warm sunlight. upsidogi sits on the floor with food and drink held in vessels built by friend-human-hands. upsidogi smiles and stretches. and moves toward trance-mind-floating but is pulled back to her body. body hurts. body is bleeding. upsidogi-dance toward bathroom and oils. cassia-mint-oil on legs, over blue-cluster-pain and over back and top of ass. upsidogi touches these places and finds and feels pain and kneads herself with her hands and with the oil. upsidogi learns from mal to find muscle-knot-thread under skin and learns from mal how to slowly untie them≠
before upsidogi-dance meets wise∆sharp∆stytch she moves toward a stump between the train and the river-field-forest. upsidogi places feet on low∆flat∆stump and stretches legs. upsidogi starts to see how lush-bright-green-leaf-clusters are growing from the edges of the stump. upsidogi smiles. stump gives upsidogi courage-energy. upsidogi has found an offering.
upsidogi wants to dance with slow∆tree∆growth. she wants to do this in her nest. later wise∆sharp∆stytch will sit on stump while upsidogi asks to take three tree∆leaf∆clusters, while she pulls thin∆pink∆roots from between old-gray-bark. a thick∆dark∆caterpillar is behind some thin∆pink∆roots. upsidogi places fallen bark over thick∆dark∆caterpillar. birds are fast and always eating. later-later upsidogi will try to start the slow∆tree∆growth-dance in her nest. the tree∆leaf∆clusters turn brown. upsidogi might have killed them. she places them in a hole in hinterhof∆garden∆world. a hole she dug for a dead bird which was not dead yet. instead of burying dead bird, upsidogi helped puffed∆hopping∆bird out of the bucket it was stuck in. upsidogi offered puffed∆hopping∆bird water and seeds. upsidogi watched puffed∆hopping∆bird hop by water and seeds toward a small warm hole. upsidogi does not know how to help always. sometimes upsidogi hurts when she tries to help.
wise∆sharp∆stytch sits with upsidogi for a long time on the low∆flat∆stump-day. as upsidogi tries to care for trees-grasses-moss-flowers-vines and tries to form trees-grasses-moss-flowers-vines with and to her energy. wise∆sharp∆stytch tells how she has been receiving double-yolks. upsidogi has never cracked open a shell and found double-yolks inside. she is interested. upsidogi knows she must learn from other humans. she can not experience everything. wise∆sharp∆stytch is excited by double∆yolk∆offering. she has received them before, in another time-place with another tribe. upsidogi asks what happens after double∆yolk∆offering arrived. wise∆sharp∆stytch tells how the tribe felt well together, how they danced-shared-played together. upsidogi reminds wise∆sharp∆stytch that now-here she is dancing-sharing-playing well with this tribe. upsidogi offers a trust-trust on-to-with low∆flat∆stump.
wise∆sharp∆stytch sits with upsidogi for a long time this day. upsidogi learns that wise∆sharp∆stytch too lived in a garden∆world when she was very small. it was summoned by her grandmother, who was sometimes there. and there were white∆fox∆flowers and wise∆sharp∆stytch buried time capsules in the garden∆world. upsidogi's garden∆world was summoned by her mother, who was sometimes there, and nikki was sometimes there, and robin∆hood∆hound was often-almost-always there and upsidogi and nikki buried a time capsule under the big∆apple∆tree. upsidogi unburied it by herself. nikki was nowhere in or near the garden. now upsidogi knows nikki is in the cemetery up the hill from this nest, and in the birds, and the wind. upsidogi cry-up-happy for her and nikki and wise∆sharp∆stytch and the garden∆worlds they were gifted.
in her nest upsidogi smoke-dances to the bell∆halo∆hexen which wise∆sharp∆stytch gifted to upsidogi before upsidogi left her nest to dance toward wise∆sharp∆stytch. upsidogi feels how the ritual is deepening. upsidogi feels how she must trust-trust.
upsidogi trust-trusts wise∆sharp∆stytch. she feels wise∆sharp∆stytch respect-nurture-dance with upsidogi and with mal. mal and upsidogi have nests together. night-nests like gorilla and food-nests like squirrel and ritual-magic-nests like blue∆dipped∆raven.
wise∆sharp∆stytch leaves upsidogi. upsidogi is not sad or mad or scared. no one can be with upsidogi always. no human can be with another human always. upsidogi turns to the dirt-moss-grass-flowers-trees. low∆flat∆stump offered upsidogi courage-energy. upsidogi pushes her fingers into dirt. she begins slow-growth-trust-dance with dirt-moss-grass-flowers-trees. upsidogi is summoning a garden∆world.
later-later upsidogi must dance towards the human world. she climbs the stairs to her nest. she puts on cassia-cedertree-mint-lavender-teatree oil. she puts on warrior-wizard-eyes. she leaves the nest through the hinterhof, through the summoning of a garden∆world
click-click-click click-click-click click-click-click
upsidogi opens the door and turns right. there is mal walking towards upsidogi, towards their nest. upsidogi and mal touch, wrap arms and pull bodies close. waxing∆crescent∆moon raises behind mal. upsidogi moves toward waxing∆crescent∆moon. mal moves toward their nest. upsidogi rides-fast-train to the fell∆redwood∆tree. she meets small∆girl∆sitting-under-sky. she speaks to her. she makes the base offering of safe-clean-water to small∆girl∆sitting-under-sky. upsidogi asks her name.
Ich heiße Olivia
upsidogi is Stephie. time and space is folded. Nikki is standing in front of Stephie telling her not to make fun of Olivia. Nikki tells Stephie that Olivia is a beautiful runner.
upsidogi believes she has met swift∆runner. upsidogi believes she has been offered a chance to be good to swift∆runner. upsidogi trust-trusts love in the places where before, as Stephie, she trust-trusted fear.
upsidogi-dance to and under waxing∆crescent∆moon.