Tank’s Watching

The girl began to pack.
My human was grinning,
but I smelled salt pooling behind her eyes.

When my human grins true,
she opens her mouth,
bares her teeth prettily,
her belly rumbles up a storm,
and her happy rushes out of her lips.

Her happy used to make me bark and run
back and forth, back and forth.
Now my spirit nuzzles against her shadow,
letting her know I’m still barking and running
back and forth behind the Veil.

“I’m so happy,” the girl said.
She knew my human felt her joy,
but she could also see all the sad being dammed.
“I’ll have to call you all the time to get recipes.
I will miss you so much, Mom. You know that?”

“Yes,” my human said,
and her sad frogged the word.
“I’m going to brew a cup of coffee. I’ll bring you one—”
My human stepped out without hearing
the girl say that she didn’t need anything.

My human’s sad spilled in the hallway.
She tried locking it inside the bathroom,
but I saw a few whimpers crawl under the door.

I walked through wood and memories,
let my human sense my presence…
And when the warmth of her shadow petted my essence,
I whispered into her soul:
“Tank’s watching, Mama.
Tank’s watching the girl pup.”

My human’s sad burst out of eyes and mouth,
and I chased it away
with the fiercest of all my howls.


for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads (Kerry Says ~ If Only They Could Talk)
“from the point of view of a close animal companion”
I’m a tad late… but hey, I’m still dancing ;-)

Note: “Tank’s Watching” was inspired by conversations I had with my friend, Lorelei Eliora, right after her daughter, Sarai, got married and moved away. The wedding was blissful, of course, but anyone who has had to see a beloved child move away (for college, due to marriage, going into the military…) knows how difficult it is to see them pack their things and claim a new home. Being the one doing the packing is just as difficult. Life might be about to turn into a new adventure full of wonders (and a spouse *cough*), but there is always that bit of anxiety that accompanies novelty… My Lori and her Sarai are very lucky to have each other… plus an entire extended tribe raising energy for their happiness. And yes, there is good old Tank watching, too.  


…and now to the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot Deck Giveaway
The fifth Witches in Fiction 2014… Crafting Blooming Howls (countdown to the big event) giveaway is sponsored by Sarai. She ran into the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot Deck while packing before joining her husband at his new duty station. She opened the deck, but never used it; so she thought it would make a good blog party giveaway. I agree, my Wicked Luvs, this oversize, quirky tarot deck is hysterically cute.
This is what you need to do to enter the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot Deck giveaway:

Mandatory Entry:
1. Tell me about the strangest divination tool you’ve ever heard of.   

For extra entries (one entry each):
  2. Share this post on Facebook.
   3.  Share this post on Twitter.
   4. Describe the Death card of the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot Deck in three words.
   5.  If your pet (dog, cat, extra-hairy spouse) was a tarot card, which card would represent your pet… according to your pet?

Rules, details and stuff
* I need to be able to contact the winner, so please add your email to your comment. Don’t want to share this info publicly? Email it to me: magalyguerrero(at)live(dot)com.
* You can group all your entries in a single comment. Or not. The choice is yours.
* To my Canadian winners, before you can claim your prize, I must test your mathematical yumminess by asking you a very obscure question, like… what’s 13 + .5. Yeah, obscure…
* This giveaway closes on October 20th, 2014, at 10:13 pm, EDT. The winner will be chosen using Random.Org, and announced on October 21st, 2014.
* Open worldwide, excluding any place where prohibited by law.

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But do start to bloom and howl by October 15th
http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2014/08/witches-in-fiction-2014-crafting.html

58 comments:

  1. I loved this piece! Our animal companions really do sense our moods and are the greatest comfort. ❤

    That Death card is just adorable!!! :D

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    1. The furry ones seem to know just what we need...

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  2. Entrails. It might not be super-uncommon (historically speaking), but I still think it's the strangest way to do divination. "The cow's third stomach said..." I mean really. Who thinks of these things?

    2. I did share this on my fb page(s), but I have no idea how to find the direct link for those. I tagged you in one of the posts.

    4. Dancing with Death

    5. My boxer would think she's the hermit, or maybe the magician. My other dog, Bella, would probably search the deck for the prettiest (or perhaps tastiest) card - no matter which it was. My son's ferret would proudly be represented by the tower. ;)

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    1. I know what cow's third stomach said, "It's getting smelly in here."

      LOVE your description for the card!

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    2. Ha! From now on, cow stomachs shall be referred to as Cpt. Obvious. :P

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  3. Not sure if it is strange but my Big F did this thing with cork on a string when held above the pregnant woman's belly either rotates clockwise or anti-clockwise, predicting the sex of the babe in womb.
    Those tarot cards are very funky!! 3 words? Death getting down.
    My dog Milo would be (according to him) would be the 'Knight of Wands' because of his devotion & loyalty, following me on adventures, around the house, beneath my bed when I sleep, always ready to walk by my side, a brave knight :)
    I loved 'Tank's Watching' so touching, our assorted little furred friends doing what they can to fill loneliness, sweet, simple and fierce and always trying to brighten a day & lesson our burdens :)

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    1. Oh it is strange... It reminds me of my grandma taking a spoon and a knife and setting them under cushions on two different chairs, if the pregnant lady picked the chair with the spoon then it was a girl, if she picked the knife then it was a boy. Very scientific. ;-D

      Our four-legged babies do so much for us...

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  4. Lovely poem!

    (I'm not entering the giveaway, I don't use tarot cards.)

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    1. Oh, and I started howling today - by having a book giveaway for All Hallows Read :)

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  5. strangest I've ever seen is the pelvic bone of a cow. It was used for a fertility ceremony. I always wondered why the cow, but then at the time I wasn't all that familiar with the folks so, I just smiled and watched. Oma Linda

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    1. I'm pretty sure I just heard "What does the pelvic bone of a cow" say? in my head... *cough*

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  6. Loved the story! I'm Tarot card poor so I'll pass on this :)

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    1. You and me both. I couldn't divine the color of my own socks with cards.

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  7. Ugh, I don't have a dog, but I hope to have this kind of companionship from my husband when DS/the kids eventually move out to start lives of their own. SIGH. YEs, Lorelei is very blessed! ♥

    Scat reading is definitely the most awkward type of divination I've ever come across... not really my cuppa. ;)

    Shared on FB (https://www.facebook.com/stephaniekolczfox/posts/10105161214706203) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/letitproducejoy/status/520208515638779904). :)

    And three words?! Hm... whimsical afterlife. Okay, so that's two, but I think that covers it!

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    1. Scat reading even sound smelly.

      Whimsical afterlife indeed, in pink, too, lol!

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  8. Hee - the strangest one was one I made up for a class I took - Candymancy. I basically assigned different meanings to items you might get on Halloween (dental hygiene items always mean no fun, LOL) and drew a circle. I tossed the candy and whichever ones fell in the circle, I'd look at. No, of course I didn't take it seriously, but it was fun to mess around with.

    Hmm...Death looks quite lively dancing on that card. It reminds me a bit of images of Hindu deities dancing (which in some legends are also associated with endings, if I remember correctly). So 3 words - Divine Bone Boogie.

    If my dearly departed Faye was a tarot card she might be the Chariot or the Knight of Wands - something with a lot of energy behind it and corgi determination/ stubborness. LOL, since there is no King of Sloth card, my Kit would have to be the Page of Pentacles mixed with the 4 of Swords. Both dogs love my kids and I'm misting up thinking about that now - damn you Magaly.

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    1. I like the idea of candy divination. Although I suspect I'll eat all the tools before I can find anything out *sigh*.

      I suspected this would make your eyes shiny... ;-)

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  9. I still don't understand why people use raw eggs to devine... ? whhhhyyyyyyyy...hooowwwwwww?
    I use tarot and a pendulum... so I'd like to add this deck to my others too heheh
    also 13 + .5 = 13.5

    starfirewitch @gmail .com

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    1. Raw eggs? Really? I had no idea!

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  10. Ouuuu the strangest divination tool I've heard of was recently in my class on the History of the Occult. It involved using the intestines of animals to try and decipher a message out of. I don't really use facebook and don't have twitter, but I'll do the other two bonus entries. The Death card of this deck is spooky, silly, and sweet! And my dear pet would have to be the Sun, because he is the happiest, most delightful, beaming golden retriever you ever did see. Email address is broomsticksandlace@gmail.com :)

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    1. What's up with people and the stinky divination tools?

      I like your "spooky, silly, and sweet." I like it a lot. ;-)

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  11. I came across to see what today's giveaway was (such beautifully designed tarot cards) and realized your poem was for the IG challenge! I love the sense of comfort one may gain by having the presence of a loving animal near at hand. You have told the story very sympathetically.

    (Perhaps you will still link this up over in the garden?)

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    1. I'm sooo glad you reminded me, I wrote it for the garden and forgot to link it!

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  12. Wow! You nailed that happy/sad emotion that happens when the kids leave the nest. You are so happy and proud that they are taking their lessons and starting their life, but so sad for the lost days that will never come again. If my cats were cards, Sylvia is definitely the Queen of Swords and our young male, black cat named Jack is slowly morphing into the Knight of Cups. Strange divination? I learned to do divination from a rock brought by the client when I took my Shamanic classes.

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    1. Oh, you must tell me more about rock divination! (If you can, I mean). Is it like runes or bones? Maybe you can write a post about it. *cough*

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  13. A wonderful and true poem, Magaly.

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  14. The weirdest tool used that I have seen used (besides intestines) would have to be cheese. I'm not sure how it was used but that thought confuses me.

    I shared to Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/jessa.a.osborne/posts/737018139685916

    I don't have Twitter so no link for that one.

    He looks like he is having a great old time. I would say joyous, colorful, and adorable.

    I have a ferret named Mr. Noodle. He is laid back, relaxed, and likes his alone time. In that aspect, I would say that he is most like the Hermit card.

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    1. Cheese? Wow... that is pretty weird.

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  15. I forgot to put my email. -.-''

    jessajro14@yahoo.com

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  16. How wonderful for anyone to have a caring dog to help with the sad.. love the "doggy" voice .. very credible.

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  17. "Tell me about the strangest divination tool you’ve ever heard of."

    I've read about a man in Rhumsiki, Cameroon who attempted to tell the future by interpreting the changes in position of various objects as caused by a freshwater crab.

    TheMultiMom@gmail.com

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    1. The freshwater crab says... LOL!

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  18. Hi Magaly ~~ I liked your 'Tank' poem of the owner leaving to be on her own. Dogs do remember very well. Tank sounds like he could be a therapy dog. My Adi was one, reading therapy with children and visiting therapy for the old folks.
    ..

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    1. Your Adi sounds like a delight...

      And yes to everything...

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  19. Yea Gods!!!! You made me cry!!!!....I know my Blue/Jack and Keira are always in my shadow XXX

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    1. They are probably nuzzling against your Witch's shadow...

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  20. "but I saw a few whimpers crawl under the door." Yes, I've had a few escape like that too and a faithful dog on the other side of the door :)

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    1. What is it with dogs and cats guarding the bathroom door?

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  21. Dear Death, you bring forth the words 'jumping the broom'. I don't know if it's strange, but it certainly got a strong reaction. Some years back, a friend mentioned that she was good with the pendulum, as predicting how many children a person would have. We were sitting at the bar of the local Irish club, & she did one friend's hand (correct on gender, number, & spacing), she did mine (correct again, even though I hadn't mentioned the abortion), then she did the bar tender (a young good looking Irishman)...that pendulum started in swinging! By the time it hit '5' he just walked off (& avoided us for the rest of the evening).

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  22. Which card? The cats don't care, the dog is sleeping, the fish thinks I want to eat it, & the turtle says 'Strength'.

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    1. Hahaha! You have the power of giggles. ;-D

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  23. Strangest I've ever heard of - in ancient Greece, during rites to Demeter (which were held where threshing was done), oracles were taken based on *sneezes*.

    Shared on Facebook and Twitter.

    Death: Karate Kid dancing. lol

    Sadie says she's pretty sure pentacles are treats, and so she is the 4 of Pentacles. "Mine, all mine!!"



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    1. "sneezes"? Really! I have to research, it sounds fascinating and then some...

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  24. I love your poem!
    Strangest divination tool I have heard of is butter. But, I don't know what it was used for?
    The death card, Dancing, Alive, Ready .
    Love this funky deck ;o)
    13.5 ;o)

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    1. "Butter"? Really? Do we get to eat it after we are done divining? Yes, I'm wicked, wicked, wicked!

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  25. Strangest? Most everyone has covered the strange ones I have heard.

    I do have a character that is a card dealer in a casino bar. He doesn't play because of the money, but because he is looking for the secrets of fate in regular playing cards.
    Yeah I totally stole him from Sting's "Shape of My Heart" song, but it is a good song.

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    1. Timothy, you seem to be shaping my playlist for today. Now, I must listen to "Shape of My Heart."

      And I'm very curious about your character who plays for the thrill of the game!

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  26. Strangest divination tool - telling the weather by bear fat, or reading animal scat for prophesy.
    I have shared because I love sharing your posts.
    3 words - celebration of life
    My pet? No - I will not say the fool! It would have to be The Emperor

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    1. I get more and more intrigued as I read these comments. Bear fat? Wow!

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  27. Appalachian "Grannies" looked for messages in spiderwebs, which is pretty weird... all that web says to me is, "Time to clean"... or not.

    Three words? The Last Boogie

    My dog's Tarot: The Magician. He just looks at a harness and snickers, "Restraints? I think not, but you can try again if it amuses you." The Houdini of Harnesses... that's my Buddy.

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    1. I love the idea of looking for messages in spiderwebs. But I bet it's rather difficult... My grandma used to look for messages in the growing pattern of certain plants' leaves...

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  28. Did not figure who was who in this piece...was so sad, but will read it again...these posts have mentioned lots of new divination items...cool

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    1. Let me know what comes to mind after you read it again... ♥

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