“The Collector” / Memorable Fancies #1883

I’ve been a collector all my life. When I was five, I collected rocks and dead leaves. My friends asked why and I didn’t have an answer. Later, I collected rocks and dead leaves and old bones. Still later I turned to rocks and dead leaves and old bones and ... living things. And then,... And when the authorities asked me why, I finally did have an answer. But it was too late. … [Read more...]

“The Longest Day” / Memorable Fancies #1882

Today, June 21, is the longest day of this year. From now on, the days will become shorter. But the annual turnaround, December 21, won’t happen this time. As announced this morning by God in a stunning decision, the days will become still shorter. The last day, when the sun just barely peeks over the horizon and then disappears forever, is expected to be a day of prayer.   … [Read more...]

“The Dig” / Memorable Fancies #1881

– Excitement, yes; but also a tremor of fear, remembering those who ventured here before. What will we find below the surface of this hellish place, where the earth shakes and erupts in fire and terror? With the first shovelful, the earth opens up in front of us like a mouth. Like the mouth, we suddenly know, that claimed those who came before us.   … [Read more...]

“Possibilities” / Memorable Fancies #1880

[“...the experience of projected possibilities implicit in desire.” ­­– Judith Butler] My desire planning its future with my desired one, abandoning as impossible, intolerable, my existence without her – or what’s more alarming, her existence without me.   … [Read more...]

“Thumps From Above” / Memorable Fancies #1879

[“Sometimes there are loud thumps from above.” – Lydia Davis] I would blame the neighbors upstairs, but there are no neighbors upstairs. There is no upstairs. There are no stairs. There is only the sky where clouds are now swirling angrily, as if stirred from above by a powerful, violent hand that is hitting – something. … [Read more...]

“Too Many Things” / Memorable Fancies #1878

[“…because he made too many things.” – Ezra Pound] How many THINGS are there? There are THINGS within THINGS, and overlapping THINGs. Where does one THING stop and another start? How many THINGS is your car, for instance: one, or hundreds working together? ... How many THINGS are you? … [Read more...]

“Alive” / Memorable Fancies #1877

[“There can be no proof in the tree / that anything that is alive is anything / else.” – Amanda Auerbach] But alas, we who are alive are also more than that, more than the simple “alive” that we wanted to be, that would do for us, that would have been enough – that would have kept us innocent as trees. … [Read more...]