Dan Weckesser


Every life has a night worth forgetting,  but  tonight,  there is a life worth forgetting.  Having gathered the other followers,
we make our way to the temple of Dionysus.  The priest wipes down the wooden alter,  the glassware behind him holding
the poison to kill the mind that shackles the soul.  “True freedom lurks at the bottom of one of these bottles,”  he assures
us with a wink.  “It may just take you a few tries to find it.”  And so the ritual begins,  and we  pound  out beer after beer,
shot after shot, filling our veins with fire and life, searching for passion long lost at our desks, and forgotten in our homes.
And passion we find.  Legs assumed to have  forgotten  such things  find  the will and  compulsion  to dance.  The  mind's
inhibition loses jurisdiction over desire,  and the unattainable seems well within our grasp. The hours pass, and the revelry
peaks with ecstasy.  The last  strands  of consciousness  fade  with more holy water in our left arm,  and the object of our
desire serving as half-angel,  half-crutch under the right.  From this climax comes blackness,  a void,  the mindless nirvana
from which tales of  legend  and  deepest  infamy  emerge.  The morning after,  the body and brain wracked with the pain
of so much passion and life leaving it,  I take count of my surroundings.  The angel is gone,  and  before me on the coffee
table lie two  piles  of chicken strips,  one half eaten,  the other half digested.  Pain and disgust leave me to wonder why I
so often find this ceremony necessary,  but then,  despite the sickness of the body purging itself of the blessing of a god, I
remember the climax. That one moment of unfettered pleasure and freedom, the poisoned mind absent from the body and
the soul. Once more, I long to return to the temple of Dionysus.

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