“The molasses in the gingerbread is overwhelming the mastodons,”
she said over the first necessary cup of coffee of the day,
her head still half-stuck in her morning’s dreamings.
While across the room a man had the reverse thing:
all of his dreams had faded and all his hopes had vanished,
all his life henceforth was a dreary and tenantless mansion.
She wondered at this point in her life perpetually half-awake
between the world of her dreams and the so called Real world.
Why only yesterday she had been beneath the trees,
“After being so hot, to get into the -- into the -- into what?”
she went on rather surprised at not being able to think
of the words for the trees, the woods, the forest or even leaves.
Meanwhile, the man was thinking of obscure facts:
the coiled cobra over the third eye of Egyptian Initiates
shows that it can reach out and strike at what it perceives.
Reality was a curious condition full of seemingly pointless
diversions and facts and it all depends on one’s perception
of its nature to find one’s place within its scene.
---Purple Mark, 01/02/12
Purple Mark's Prompts:
- “The molasses in the gingerbread is overwhelming the mastodons.” Karen Elizabeth Gordon. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. (Pantheon Books, 1993). page 107
- “All the dreams that had faded, and all the hopes that had vanished, all his life henceforth a dreary and tenantless mansion.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Evangeline and Selected Tales and Poems. (Signet Classics, 1964). page 205.
- “The coiled cobra representations of the third eyes on the foreheads of Egyptian Initiates shows that it can reach out and strike at what it perceives.” Mark Booth. The Secret History of the World. (Overlook Press, 2008).
- “As she stepped under the trees. After being so hot, to get into the - into the - into what?” she went on, rather surprised at not being able to think of the word.” .Lewis Carroll. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass. (Signet Classics, 1960). page 155.