“Actors All Speak at Once” / Memorable Fancies #19

The actors all speak at once. Plays are shorter that way. The audience is pleased, because they never liked the plays this troupe produced, anyway.  [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The New Bishop” / Memorable Fancies #1548

[“Sinesius of Cyrene in the fourth century asked to be made a bishop even though he was not a Christian.” – Michel Foucault] You see, I would not be party to those theological disputes so constantly with you; nor would I dictate the color of the robes for each season, also a point of severe contention here: let the officiants and acolytes dress as they please. And as to the proper Gospel and Epistle translations to read, I would not join in the disputes that so rive your church. Yes, it … [Read more...]

“Relic” / Memorable Fancies #1488

It is said that whatever touches a holy relic becomes itself a relic, and holy: a saint’s robe, for instance. And then a hanger the robe was hung on. And the closet that held the hanger. The house that held the closet that held the hanger that held the robe that clothed the saint. The contagion spreads ... the world ... Everything but us?      <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian Plays, available for church or other non-profit production without … [Read more...]

“A Purpose” / Memorable Fancies #1415

“Do you celebrate Christmas?” Ellen asked. “Well, I used to, y’know,” said Steve, “when I was a kid. But then after college there didn’t seem to be much point to it, just the strain of needing to be happy.” There was a long pause. Then Steve continued, “Do you celebrate Christmas?” Ellen said, “Like you, I guess. A long time ago. – But Christmas is supposed to be for grown-ups too, isn’t it? Not just kids? To give each other something special?” “Yeah,” he said, “or like that. But if some … [Read more...]

“Explaining My Failures” / Memorable Fancies #1413

[“He had two systems of interpretation to explain his failure.” – Susan Sontag (quoting Sartre)] The first system explained his failure. The second system explained flaws in the first system, proving that his life had been successful after all. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian Plays, available for church or other non-profit production without fee. … [Read more...]

“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...]

“The War-Dead Commission” / Memorable Fancies #1312

The War-Dead Commission finds a few human remains at Napoleon’s old battlefield of Borodino. With DNA analysis, now, their closest living relatives can be located. They are given a few microscopic bone shards and a folded flag. With these new tools available to them, the Commission searches farther and farther back in time: Roncesvalles, Salamis, the storming of Jericho, Abel falling from his brother’s harsh touch. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian … [Read more...]