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Friday, January 29, 2010

True Story

Decades ago...I found myself chatting up a comely lass. She was “heavy” into astrology. She wanted to know my “sign”. “I’m a Gemini,” I answered. “Gawd!” she blurted. “I’d have an abortion if I knew my child would be born a Gemini!” she exclaimed.

Needless to say, we went our separate ways. She to her astrological charts, and I to my garret.

Thereupon, I penned this verse:

A Gemini’s Lament

Stars, do not mock me!
I’m no tangent to some cosmic arc,
A simple astrological abstraction.
Do not vow that I am fated
To be inconstant, mutable,
Mere cloud forms and breezes.
I am passioned dust,
With heart rubbed raw,
And I have bled too much for that!

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"I’m a Gemini and Geminis don’t believe in astrology"

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Blogger June Calender said...

I'm a Gemini with most of the usual Gemini traits -- I don't believe in astrology either. Don't know why I have so many Gemini friends.

Fri Jan 29, 06:25:00 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

I bet your glad your mom wasn't as much in to astrology as this lady was. And a garret's a much better place to retreat than a chart.

Fri Jan 29, 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger Gabriela Abalo said...

:)))... thank you for the good laugh, I needed it!
Some people really takes astrology seriously, and they don’t leave you any room to even attempt to think that you are still a unique individual in your very own way. As if you are doom for life for being born under what they believe to be the wrong sign
Guess that is also part of human nature. ;)


Fri Jan 29, 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger Kass said...

Jonas - passioned dust with heart rubbed raw. This is utterly brilliant. While your poem may be within a tongue-and-cheek format, it shines on its own. I'm so tempted sometimes to make a book of my favorite posts from the blogosphere. This would be in it.

Fri Jan 29, 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger joanne said...

ouch... i'm a gemini too... maybe it isn't such a good thing to admit this around chart people? i confess i don't really know what being gemini means about me... i just know i'm gemini and year of the horse in case anyone asks ... but maybe based on this lady's reaction i ought to make something up :) ... is the year of the horse cause for abortion too, or do Chinese charts not count? ... maybe it's better to be year of the rat...

Fri Jan 29, 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Realliveman said...

Cool blog. I will be abck for more!

Fri Jan 29, 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Decades ago.... I did a research paper on the correlation between astrological charts and the MMPI, a psychological personality test. There were statistically significant similarities.

Gemini.. that explains a lot. :)

Fri Jan 29, 07:05:00 PM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Personally, I think astrology is a lot of hocus pocus... I am an Aquarian and I am supposed to be an emotionally distant person who gets uncomfortable discussing feelings... WhatEVer! That is so far from the truth about me.

But your poem, Jonas, is great! I loved it.

Fri Jan 29, 07:54:00 PM  
Blogger Christella said...

As a Gemini I've heard similar comments from people. I don't let it get to me because if they are that shallow I don't need them. Thanks for that poem. Hope I can use that postscript.

Fri Jan 29, 09:47:00 PM  
Blogger secret agent woman said...

My twin brothers were Geminis, which was the best use of astrology I've seen. Other than that, and liking that my sign is about balance, I have no use for it. The last guy I saw used to say things like, "Maybe because you're a Libra, blah blah blah..." and I'd say, "Mmm hmm." His body distracted me from the siliness of it all.

Sat Jan 30, 07:33:00 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

He-he, well, I'm a Pisces, and have studied astrology as a hobby since I was 16. Suffice it to say, there are about 20 different variables in addition to your sun sign - according to astrology - that make you who you are. I know you don't believe...and that's okay. I still think you're a clever, creative Gemini, with an expansive heart. So there! :)

Sat Jan 30, 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Loved this poem and I loved Ponita's "WhatEVer!" in her comment. Too funny.

Sat Jan 30, 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Oh, and for what it's worth, I'm ok with you being a Gemini. ;)

Sat Jan 30, 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

We Aquarians don't delve much into astrology either. But...when I was in college, I used to write natal charts and sell them to new parents. It is amazing how much new parents will pay for a natal chart for their new offspring. But, then...we Aquarians are also good sales people.

Sat Jan 30, 06:06:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Wowza! I had no idea so many of you are Geminis! Even so, I've retained enough of my scientific education to understand that "correlation does not prove causation".

Kass, you made me blush.

I'm a Chinese rabbit.

Welcome Realliveman.

I've used that postscript often, Christella. It's a line from the move "The Croupier".

I'm still chuckling in response to all of the comments. Thank you.


Sat Jan 30, 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Cheesy said...

SF is a Gem and we play with our daily horrible~scopes and email them back and forth with our own little changes. It's good clean [sometimes?? nasty??] fun.

Just remember as a Gemini... you can ALWAYS blame it on your evil twin!!!!

Sun Jan 31, 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger prashant said...

a garret's a much better place to retreat than a chart.

Work from home India

Wed Feb 10, 12:48:00 AM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

We aquarians are far too rational for Astrology too.

Sun Feb 14, 10:29:00 PM  

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