CONTRA EQUUS NIVEUS: VOL. III
The Neural Net:
They asked me to tell you what I saw: the White Horse galloping across a charred battlefield, its nostrils spewing sulphurous, pixelated flames, making hazily visible other worlds though the distortion of heat and unfurling ribbons of hyperbole. Its rider was all but invisible, and this despite his extreme and unmistakable ugliness, his malevolent, hostile-yet-empty eyes, his iron teeth clenched with the gravity of unquenchable hatred, his cold, dull skin. I didn’t see all this right away. His magick lies in the way in which those who would be his greatest foes tend to allow their gaze to slip off of him and onto the horse with its hypnotic, rhythmic hoof crashes, and from the horse to the smoke-filled static of the sky above.
There are algorithms that explain his cloak of invisibility. In truth, even when seen, the rider never appears as the same being twice. It was just this once, with the hardened exertion of a soldier believing he had stepped into his final battle, that I managed to see his face: he is a robot that dreams, and this, my dear comrades, is a reality the terror of which cannot lightly be shaken once it has been realized. As our eyes locked in psychic struggle I could feel myself being drawn into the feedback loop that artificially populates his inner life, that uploads into his dreamscapes visions of total conquest and dead gods, of a single monument (completely meaningless to our humanity’s eyes) placed in the center of the universe, surrounded by infinite nothingness to the very borderlands of creation.
They asked me to try my best to describe it: it was like a vortex of angels spiraling into the emptiness at the center of each isolated mind. This is what the robot dreams. This is what I saw in the rider’s eyes in those horrible, near-endless seconds on that accursed battlefield.
How I survived is another tale, one that perhaps I’ll tell another time, when I’m ready…
Dear friends, have courage: I did survive! Despite our terror, we will win, because our souls are the images of God, while the robot has merely images.
An Anonymous Soldier
Ric Carfagna was born and educated in Boston Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently: Symphonies Nos. 5, & 9 published by White Sky Books. Symphony X (sequence of finalities) is due out this year from Creaky Plough Press. His poetry has evolved from the early radical experiments of his first two books, Confluential Trajectories and Porchcat Nadir, to the unsettling existential mosaics of his multi-book project Notes On NonExistence. Ric lives in rural central Massachusetts with his wife, cellist Mary Carfagna and daughters, Emilia and Aria.
Kurt Cline is Associate Professor of English and World Comparative Literature, National Taipei University of Technology. His full-length book of poetry, Voyage to the Sun, was published by Boston Poet Press in 2008. Poems and stories have appeared, most recently, in BlazeVOX, Danse Macabre, The Tule Review, Mission at 10th, Wilderness House Literary Review, HuesoLoco, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Black Scat, and Clockwise Cat. Scholarly articles have appeared in Glimpse; Anthropology of Consciousness; Concentric; Beatdom Literary Journal; and Comparative Civilizations and Cultures.
Stuart Cooke’s next collection of poems, Opera, is forthcoming from Five Islands Press. He lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Griffith University.
Stuart Jay Silverman, an east coast expatriate retired from college/university teaching, divides his time between Hot Springs, Arkansas. and Chicago, Illinois. Some 500 of his poems/translations appear in 100+ magazines and anthologies here and abroad. Hawk Publishing Group published his The Complete Lost Poems: A Selection. Feeling that Parnassus has no preference for free verse vs. formal, or the other way, he writes both. He subscribes to the theory that poetry today is mostly a reeking bed of narcissistic self-display and, so, tries to make his poetry the creation and exploration of imagined worlds, or real worlds made into substrata on which the imagination can build new and varied structures.
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Please watch this video. It’s short. And they replay it several times. I can’t believe I haven’t shown this to you in all this time since CONTRA EQUUS NIVEUS began. It was filmed ( by happenstance) during one of the Arab spring events in downtown Cairo 5 years ago…by news cameras. Many say that it is The Christ riding the white horse…a seer in London also said it was. There’s a number of presentations of it on the internet, some people spinning their own prophesy from it. But it was shown on the news…and not faked. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ0Xv9Wza_4
Peace and blessings, Ronnie
Another view of same event…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8U_ZQXGnX8
Thank you for showing us these strange videos, my friend, but be careful when making statements such as “it was shown on the news…and not faked,” as if the two terms “the news” and “fake” were mutually exclusive. First off I have to say that this is definitely NOT Christ, as it doesn’t match the prophecy at all (Revelation 19:11-16). It reminds me less of the Book of Revelation and more of Christ’s eschatological Olivet Discourse from Matthew Ch. 24:
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Verses 4-5)
“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Verses 23-24)
And also look at 2 Thessalonians Ch. 2, a great source text for understanding spiritual deception and the Antichrist spirit (and mainstream media):
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (Verses 8-11)
It seems clear that this strange apparition did, indeed, appear during this news broadcast. The question is: what is it, and where did it come from? It is much easier to say what it is not than to say what it is. The thing looks vaguely “Biblical” and “prophetic,” but in order to be true prophetic fulfillment, it must match down to the smallest detail. This appears to be nothing more than more media manipulation, intended to achieve some kind of subliminal effect, such as, perhaps, steering believers astray with false miracles. Remember, Christ said “if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Against the White Horse,