Liber et Libera: A Dialogue
You are my brother.
You are my sister.
You are my husband.
You are my wife.
Your sister, your bride.
My maiden, my tragedy.
You went down into the underworld.
I raised you to the stars.
I thought I had lost you.
I thought I would never find you.
I am parthenos and hetaira.
I am the lover of women and of men.
You have ivy in your hair.
You have wine in your lap.
I have never loved anyone else.
I have only ever loved you.
Every one you have touched has been me.
No one touched you until I came.
Every one that I wanted was you.
You are every soul that I have desired.
We will make the flowers bloom.
We will make the seeds sprout.
We will make the cocks rise.
We will make the grain grow high.
We will pour out wine for everybody.
All the revellers will pour out wine for us.
I give you my heart and soul.
I give you my joy and madness.
I am your sister, your wife, the starry-crowned goddess of the heavens.
I am your brother, your husband, the ivy-crowned bull of the earth.
I am Ariadne, Persephone, Libera.
I am Dionysus, Asterios, Liber.
Liberation for All
From the opposite ends of the world they come together,
brother and sister, mirror twins, husband and wife.
Sometimes he is a bull-headed man
and she is the only one who knows how to find him.
Sometimes she is trapped on an island
and he is the only one who can rescue her.
Sometimes she watches from the stars
while he wanders the underworld and sleeps
in the arms of its goddess. Sometimes
he takes her hand and reminds her that she is
the underworld goddess, white-armed,
They are siblings who have never met.
They are spouses who are never separated.
She has always been here; he has always been there.
The grain and the grape, the myrtle and the ivy,
the bull and the princess who leaps between his horns.
He presides when boys stand up and put on the garments
of manhood; she whispers softly in the night as girls,
dreaming, become women, and hands them the key
to the labyrinth and the clue that will guide them through.
A cup of wine for Liber! A sweet cake for Libera!
Raise up the sacred phallus and honor it
with a wreath of flowers! Father Liber makes men
of boys, and Dame Libera opens the labyrinth
and sets all its prisoners free! Liberation for all!
(Originally published on Antinous for Everybody in 2015 & 2016)