Saturday, November 3, 2018

3 november

When he awoke, it was to a sound he did not know. Not a surprise or a shock - a Saturday sound, the background of someone else’s industry or entertainment. He lay still -- wondering if he was supposed to be lying still instead -- but could make little of the noise. Ultimately -- filling an extended investigation span of about three minutes -- he concluded that it was a sound he did not know. Some investigation! Some conclusion! You don’t need to tell him. Well aware of the pathetic nature of his assessment, he next struggled to decide whether to get out of bed and look out of the window -- perhaps instantly solving the mystery -- or to stay firmly ensconced and wish the wonder away.

Two minutes later, according to a log not kept, he was pulling back the top layers of his sleep sandwich and stepping onto cool linoleum. The linoleum always felt almost wet, but that wasn’t an important detail in this description, nor in the investigation -- at least thus far.

Five steps and two shuffles later, he pulled back the nondescript curtains and revealed the answer. Despite the early morning -- was it? -- success -- was it? --  he was strangely disappointed. Deflated, he shuffled backward. Enough for now, he told himself, lying and laying down.

Friday, November 2, 2018

2 november

While there's nothing to talk about until something happens -- someone speaks, an apple falls from the sky -- we're frozen with wonder. Or indecision. Or that vacancy when you're not sure if the medicine is working or you've just briefly lost consciousness. Or when you should get up from the chair but it seems like the chair is the perfect shape perfectly primed to keep you happy and where else would you go anywhere anyway?

This is what happens while we're waiting for the action.

There can be beautiful descriptive text about The Nature. It's lovely, it's fresh, it's wild. When we're lucky, it's ripe with metaphor and foreshadowing we can come back to later when we have to write that paper and include key evidence from multiple literary elements. Just saying: If you have to do this kind of assignment, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is probably a pretty solid choice. It's a super short book, actually. Perfect for high school sophomores early in the year. You can do it! But all that nature up front gets buzzed over. Why bother? It's all there for a purpose, people! There's so much going on, but as you explain it, you get a lot more zoned out stares than thoughtful pondering. Choices. Engage or not?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

1 november

But now there will be something fresh -- something unexpected -- what do you think of that? Or would you rather stick to the safely sticky structure of the five-paragraph essay -- as they say: Here is what it's all about and here are three things I'm telling you about it and hey yes that's what I just told you rolled through a finely designed outing and shiny smooth transitions to listen to what's about to be said then to have read exactly as expected -- neglecting nothing but originality and also the hope of surprise -- 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

31 october

it shook us up and drained us out and it added all up to less than we started with but the hardest thing was the ending kept coming up too soon -- 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

30 october

before the sun comes up we'll bring it down again to town and then around the next block the corner the tackle that tickles ivories -- the tramping through the livery and all the feet ahead that stretch instead to miles and more

Monday, October 29, 2018

29 october

chances that dance backward with an undone clock blocking its own time while the wind was blowing and the sky was turning for a better view of stars

Sunday, October 28, 2018

28 october

teamed up to let go to say so and still and all the call has no answer no chance for resolution and creamy truths in lemon spotlights bright enough to zest the best of the old school with new cool alarm clocks that wake the socks off the overdue creampuff grocers too roasted to deliver fresh shivers of flavor unweighed for the pound or the gallon with challenges aplenty and answers meant the truth was still in transit