Pawns & Kings


{Denise gracefully hosts Six Sentence Stories, where writers unleash their magic under one simple rule: in no more or no less than 6 sentences.
This week’s prompt word is : ETERNAL }

Continuing from ” Father of Sin “

“Dios mueve al jugador, y éste, la pieza.
¿Qué Dios detrás de Dios la trama empieza de polvo y tiempo y sueño y agonías? ”
(God moves the player, and he, the piece.
Which God behind God begets the plot of dust and time and dream and agonies? )

Jorge Luis Borges


Lord, if you don’t mind me saying so, don’t you think that punishing Luci with eternal damnation was too harsh?” the words of the Archangel, soundless, filled the Throne room, followed by a momentary flickering of the light emitted by the presence of Seraphim .

The answer came as softly as a supernova radiating 2.2 x 1038 joules of energy per second or in more relatable terms, Hiroshima nuclear blast was a billion trillion times less energy than one second of this outburst :
“The sin of pride was his downfall, wishing to be the One at the Throne; it is the original sin, the source of all evil” .

The magnitude of the Throne luminosity made the seven fiery ones to kneel before Him, as he exited the room in a display of incomprehensible power.

Yet the Archangel , standing up and facing his brothers, had finished not…
We fought amongst our ranks, defeated and banished the Morning Star, for he aspired to be the one at the Throne…please explain to me how is he not at a Throne now, albeit an underworld one…”

The Seven Seraphim now silent, their fiery wings glowing as their thoughts converged to an unforeseen denouement; from supreme celestial beings they felt as ignorant pawns in a game of Thrones…

In their hands there were seven wax sealed letters, all from Luci to his brothers ; seven seals were broken as seven Seraphs read:
“Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven1”.

1John Milton, “Paradise lost”


Spira / Nick © November 2022


About Spira

A Renaissance human. Part healer, part B/W photographer, part artist, part sigh of a writer, part explorer of guitar & piano landscapes, always in love with music..."Music is the fabric that clothes our lives" as Denise Farley once wrote. All done with the dedication, intensity & passion of an imperfect speck of cosmic debris.

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    • Oh, man!!
      You single handedly turned around a day that has connotations and subtexts weighing on me and planted a big smile on my face!!
      “You little devil, you” that is a compliment I will take any day!!😈

      Objection noted🤗
      I will still claim though, I aspire to be the sigh of a writer.

      Well, I better stop because I can already see some curve balls coming” Hey, what’s the deal Nick with Nancy, eh?” 😆

      The deal is that you honor me with your friendship and energy and I am grateful…big time!

      Grazie, caro mio.


      • Oh, so today is your turn. Yesterday was the day I swore everyone in the world woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It must have been World-Wide Depression Day! 🌎 😫
        Funny, I wasn’t depressed yesterday until I looked at WordPress … or should I say “WordDePress”?! 🤣
        Luv ya too, Nick! Da Bomb! BAM!! ❣️ 💥 💣

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  1. Fun Six.

    (Fun in that the personal, ‘man! there’s nothing on tv tonight sort of way.)

    My simplest compliment on this installment: I barely refrained from going at length in a comment on the primary character defects evident* in the persona behind (or of) the Throne.

    * both the traditional tales and the new(er) current version.

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    • Thank you for the compliment.
      As an artist primarily, I find it is my duty (also) to (sometimes) explore/express what most of us cannot/will not under ordinary circumstances.


    • Artistically speaking, both Heaven and Hell provide fertile ground for creations that participate in the social fabric beyond the premise of theology; from an epic poem like J. Milton’s Paradise Lost to the Ecstasy of St Teresa by G L Bernini.
      Thank you, Mimi.


    • That’s something I hadn’t thought of before, Mimi. Interesting point. My father, a simple man with a deep faith, was of the belief that, although hell exists, there’s no-one in it because God’s love finally penetrates everything and everyone.

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  2. Had to go back to the first episode, Spira, to get the full sense of this one. The energy of the thought communication is beautifully expressed. And the external clash of the Powers that we feel internally perhaps?

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    • Who knows, Len…
      Curious enough upon reading your comment I realized that I cannot recall a similar occasion in world religions or mythologies with female protagonists…so, maybe an Alpha -male complex?😀

      I am honored to be a source of inspiration.
      As I wrote earlier, art is /should be a free space of exploring everything, from the mundane to the ineffable.
      Thank you, Len.
      I appreciate you.

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  3. Reading your story again, Nick, I’m reminded of our conversation during last episode of Two Guys and a Girlie as we discussed the world being a description taught to us. Historical, cultural truths taught to children, and accepted. Time passes, researchers research then show that often what was told us as fact was not, in fact, the facts as we were taught to believe. And so, we must consider the same premise in the case of God and Lucifer. I cannot claim to know much with regards to Western Christianity except for that which was taught me in Catholic elementary school. As a child, I accepted the stories as told to me. Fast forward 45 years or so and the premier of Lucifer (tv series) Totally enjoyed the show for the first few seasons. (can’t say other than your use of “Luci” made me think of it) My initial reaction was to utter a metaphorical gasp at the audacity of making the devil himself a likable protagonist of a television show. I’ll admit, thanks to good writing and a suspension of rl for 40 minutes or so, it was refreshing to consider the possibility of an alternate version of the stories I’d been told. I imagine for some, to consider an alternative narrative would no doubt present some major existential questions.

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    • Yes…the stories we are told and the stories we tell…a most interesting conversation we engaged in, one I hope we will continue.
      The cultural narrative, the mythos if you will, the empirical and the researched knowledge are all parts of our personal and social constructs.
      And like everything, they evolve.
      Or at least, they should.
      Because the problems, the stagnation begins when one (person, group, nation) fortify themselves around a fixed position, opposing actively any new perspective.
      And this is where art plays a huge role;
      from W Blake’s “Marriage of Heaven and Hell” to the “Lucifer” tv series, a dogma is challenged.
      Let me say it in other words…the more open windows a place has, more fresh air and sunlight can enter and refresh it.
      Thank you Denise for being present and insightful.
      What a beautiful situation to be able to exchange ideas, thoughts, feelings and become more of a human than I was prior…see you on Sunday at our weekly live discussion😊🌻

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