“Five Briefs – XI” / A Memorable Fancy #419

 

The dead language revives. Where are the things it has words for?

 

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When a man died in archaic Greece, his wife was compelled to spend one night with the body, to ease its passage to the next world. Many of these women remembered, for the rest of their lives, their marriage to a stern, unbending, silent and truculent corpse.

 

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The sun god forsakes his subjects every sundown, leaving a more tolerant god in charge of our doings in the night.

 

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The moon is full and all the neighborhood dogs are in full howl. I try to get them to stop so I can get some sleep, but one says to me “Yes, I can stop, but it feels so wonderful to howl! This is a joy you peoplekind will never know.”

 

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Our own names aren’t really names anymore, just email accounts where our heads are @.

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