Tale #130: On Bluebeard (excerpt)

And I wonder, I always wonder, what excuse did Bluebeard give that first time, to his first wife. What justifications did he make, to her, to himself. For he had no secrets in his chamber then, had no reason to hide anything so enticingly behind locked doors and furtive promises…

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Notes:

1. Written on 20th July, 2020

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Tale #129: The Playgrounds Of Our Youth

We used our old teeth as dice
kept score on sloughed skin
And the board on which we played
we marked out on the ground
in freshly spilt blood
barely diluted by our tears

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Notes:

1. Written on 26th March, 2019

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Tale #128: Song Of The Data Miners

everything you say
everything you do
we will remember it
better than you

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Notes:

1. Written sometime in February 2020

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Tale #127: To Forget, To Forget

Take a strand of hair
a drop of blood
and a pinch of salt
from a long forgotten sea

Mix it together
with a mouthful of milk
a half-remembered dream
and a lifetime or more of misplaced guilt

Drink it down
close your eyes
and try, try, try
not to sleep

It won’t help, of course. Nothing will. But at least the work involved in it’s preparation will keep you busy, and the effort, perhaps, will allow for the projection of some meaning onto a past where there was none, onto whatever horror it is you’re trying to forget.

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Notes:

1. Written on October 14th, 2019

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Tale #126: (blue plaque above nondescript door)

Here stands a house where untold idiots discussed a calamitous idea, which mercifully was soon forgotten. None now know what was proposed nor would admit it if they did.

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Notes:

1. Written on 12th December, 2019
2. A semi sequel to Tale #86
3. They are both still unmade
4. But one day maybe I will make them
5. And affix them to the walls
6. Of the unsuspecting
7. And undeserving

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