Along with the seashore and glaciers there is an erosion of empathy. A common boy, like so many before our memory, an adventurer; finds the wild unattainable, save through imagination (and bluster), advances through our prairie.
This is where a mystery charted a wildness, united with the markings of a human hand ( elegant to a degree maybe impossible in this digital print age ), instruction as to how to arrive at the tent home of Yorick and the Temporary Museum of Enfant Terrible Culture.
The round and rambunctious world, conveniently charted, industrialized, and greatly flattened.
Maps, a path, offer some simple guidance for wandering boys (girls also), but in this incidence a common boy. You may want to join him, help him, know him; as if one should follow a map of distinct directions and absolute ends.
Yorick, who makes less of a mess than most of us, still has to take out the…
Yes, he can love that, even riddled with a bit of jealousy.
Now as to the riddle of finding Yorick’s tent on the vasty prairie?
Maps, the placing of a place, of the people (who made it), by the people ( who fiddle with it ), and for the people (who will eventually deal with “it”). Bits and pieces, known to be locally flat.
All is flat, it is just a matter of arranging your maps ( and your mind ) accordingly.
An old map’s idea is that the world is mysterious, dark, and ready for naming.
The closer you get, the more mysterious. One wonders about where and what is really there; and, what can we know.
Maybe you find that mark on the map, that proof of a human hand, that evidence of the human mystery. Names written (plus other bits and pieces), abbreviate our experience, flattening so we can claim to know.
Yorick, so romantic, so absurd, so truthful to his condition, so hopeful you will cogitate, so aware of real things; offers another poem. A love riddle for a utilitarian thing wishing you a moment’s consideration of that which serves you.
According to Yorick, that is the “what” God did … doodled with waves … stirred them into something (named?).
Everywhere, a bundle of Everything.
That bundle was so dense – ( the Waves ) – that things, things came about.
[ ( T…H…I…N…G…S )] !!!
Everywhere in an everything, a vortex for languid vanishing transformations; and, (this may surprise you) very few rectangles, fewer yet squares.
It seems that right angles would have to wait until the coalescing waves formed into humans; humans of a special type. Humans enamored by rigid outlines, controlling the mystery of Doodles.
Born before the mediated perspectives we now so cherish, Yorick the resurrected character of a noble’s jester, conjures – tomb lounging; a post-death activity presumedly common among the ruling classes. Fancy stuff deposited in the deep for infinity.
Yorick, a medieval skeleton [ or do you say “early-modern” ? early-modern seems a bit clinical, austere, academic don’t you think? ] … any way, a jester’s skeleton who imagined what ( he thought ) his late gentleman’s tomb ought to look like: the vast riches aggressively accumulated and laid to rest with pharaonic nobility.
Upon visiting, that tragic luxury seems missing, it is just a bit to vacant.
The story of those [ lacking ] bits of the material life are suitable fodder for a comic playwright. The historical perspective an archeologist might gain poking through this tomb, is limited. But the post-modern world we are supposedly living in (and any playwright adapted to these times) might find these items less than violently raucous commercially-adaptable comic; they do seem slow, rural, even benign. The tomb lacks the medieval shower of gilt and bronze and the modern proliferation of golf clubs, drones, and digital gadgets, so where would the story be found? With Yorick?
Historical tragedies and conjured comedies seem to agree it is probably best to reflect on them in the upper strata, here and now. Linked burdens and various (yet to be forgiven) vintage incendiary devices are the treasures of many a tomb.
As to last week’s riddle, what would be better in August’s muggy heat than a …
Reciprocating Fan ! or do you say
Yorick has love to share, so uses reciprocating, more of a humane idea; returning again and again spreading some goodness. It is a bit to mechanical to say oscillating, don’t you think(?) …
… if love is what begins the idea.
As it is, oscillating seasons [ the tipping of the planet ] produces variable placement of heat. A reciprocated affection for that hazy blue-green ball would potentially return to – how is it shared – reciprocating beneficence.
Historically anachronistic Yorick has little personal concern of the approaching big heat-up ( bit more bleaching of his bones probably won’t make much difference ). But, he would have you consider his present location. There is much to be said for a place where the effluent of the ice-ages, melted completely and rearranging well known shores, will not inundate.
Future visitors and residents probably will still need oscillating fans, and maybe (maybe?) return to being reciprocating fans of the planet.
It is perspiration season here on the prairie, its’ even hotter in other places. “To whit” (as he credits this moment) Yorick notes the pain, and remembers the burdens of flesh; and, even a skeleton appreciates certain contraptions.
If all goes well, and the fires don’t spread into prairie-digital worlds, then next Friday Yorick will provide an answer.
Fools, dangling, manipulated puppets; fools and folly … ahuhm…
This folly? The fantasy that the grey slouch doesn’t matter (all surely think him young … and acceptably feral); and do not consider the corporate joint and muscle dissolution.
Ah, but he would counter; do any of us really know who pulls our strings? And wouldn’t a mask of a smile be just as good?
Maybe, with a proper puppeteer, he could dance lightly, a bit more delicately; maybe.
… there’s a word … dangling out there.
Loosely held, not troubled over, freely flowing; the hand of a nineteenth century inked letter, nice … even beautiful: or (to the negative) – truth, loosely palmed.
The planet unmoored, ungripped to a moral idea (a probable cause of stress) nervously retrenching into idolized precision; but,
what for? happiness?
… to grasp so as to loosen?
On the prairie, detached unstrung, He & She (a pair out of a third of a billion countrymen) consider bindings; detached conversation, the wind, and desire … set loose.
Loosely applied, spoken or acted, true or false; it would be easy if maybe a thing, an object, a gift, a wildness … was set free
So, did you get last weeks riddle? maybe while you were dangling and clanging your Key Chain??
Wouldn’t it be nice if every riddle was so easily solved (or dismissed).
Yorick is out wandering the prairie; just imagine marbled cerulean above and dappled green, really really green below. Such is trusted this time of year.
Nature and judicious tending typically remove the mystery of growing. But the reaping, (where lies can’t confuse the numbers) is a puzzle, months from resolution.