“For Babylon” / Memorable Fancies #1357

“ ... Babylon of the golden sandals ... ” — Sibylline Oracles, Book 5 [The following is a free-verse adaptation of the Biblical Apocalypse of John (the book, also known as “Revelations,” that D.H. Lawrence called “A Hymn of Hate,”) Chapters 14-18] What I saw: Angel a-wíng in heaven, proud Gospel in its claws, crying       Fear God; for his judgment is surely come. And there followed a second angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city. And the smoke of her … [Read more...]

“A Murder Wiki” / Memorable Fancies #441

Two writers, A and B, meet online. They agree to collaborate on a novel. A writes a rough draft, and B modifies it. A adds more. B adds his own story elements and new characters. One of the new elements is a murder; one of the new characters is a murderer. A repeatedly deletes the character, wanting the novel to be upbeat, but B keeps writing him back in. Just before the collaboration would have broken down in anger and recrimination, the murderer finds A, at work on his computer. B can now … [Read more...]

“Sun” / Memorable Fancies #707

[“Who could have known / that wasn’t the usual sun.” – Louise Glück]       We shouldn’t look straight at the sun; all the kids were taught that, even though they all did it anyway just because it was forbidden, seeing the yellow disk and after a few minutes a black disk in the yellow disk, swirling and pulsing.      Now the sun is different; we can’t see it. <END> THE SATURDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here, in Facebook, or on … [Read more...]

“Take the Money and Run” / Memorable Fancies #706

PLEASE INSERT YOUR CARD NO, NOT THAT WAY, THE OTHER END FIRST RIGHT SIDE UP, NOT DOWNSIDE UP THE DOWNSIDE IS THE SIDE WITH YOUR NAME NOT ON IT WOULD YOU LIKE A RECEIPT OR DO YOU TRUST ME? WHY? I TRUST YOU, CAN’T YOU TRUST ME? OK HAVE IT YOUR WAY ENTER YOUR PIN NOW AND PRESS THE GREEN BUTTON GREEN. REPEAT: GREEN OK, GOT IT PLEASE SELECT AN AMOUNT IS THAT ALL? AFTER ALL MY WORK HERE? OK, GOT IT PLEASE AGREE THAT WE CAN CHARGE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT FIVE DOLLARS … [Read more...]

“This Moment” / Memorable Fancies #705

[“To recall the past is to forget the past.” – Jean-Pierre Vernant]      Enjoy this moment; taste it carefully in your mind. You will never have a memory of this time again without accretions of thought, of sentiment, of self-regard and the rust of time. <END> THE THURSDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites. AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon and other outlets: “Fragments of the … [Read more...]

“Five Briefs” / Memorable Fancies #704

Can there be intelligent machines? I’ll believe it when I see one that’s jealous of some other machine. # [“Brain wiring creates false memories.” –New Scientist] No: there are no false memories; there is only false reality. # There is a group of evil spirits called the “Un-Namers.” They make old people forget what things are called, leave them with bare description, “you know, the thing that…” # What are those sounds and lights coming from the other side of the wall – does anyone know? I … [Read more...]

“The Derision of Walls” / Memorable Fancies #703

      The builders of the Wall come periodically to maintain and repair it. They bow before the Wall, pray that it will permit their repairs, a frail human thing to do and not at all befitting the majesty of the Wall, but still some work must be done, that the divine powers may continue to prevail and have their imperious way with us. The Wall puts up with our work most of the time, although it occasionally drops a stone on one of us, to motivate the others. <END> THE TUESDAY PITCH If … [Read more...]