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    Julian Dedman: Scared Spark

    Julian shares a poem about a woman he met at a folk festival. She played an electric violin in one of the bands and, even though he did not know her, she opened up to him about her fight with mental illness as they drank Guinness in the beer tent.

    A woman condemned

    Still in the hope she

    Will be free to transcend?

    Seeking absolution for a mistaken sin

    Not wired to perfection

    Like her electric violin

    Her window no longer closed

    To those whom oppose

    The many that were conceived

    To walk her isolated path

    The path behind the timeless vail

    Under the gaze of

    the waxing crescent

    Spirited away by dark undulations

    That penetrates without consent

    Into her skin

    That is not her own

    Archontic grip, holding sway

    Her soul blisters

    And will ultimately flay

    Dark machinations

    Converge and conspire

    But fails in their pursuit

    To piss on her fire

    Sacred spark they cannot invade

    Still she falls victim

    To the Albigensian crusade.

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