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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

End Notes

If you must stay, stay; but I have to retreat into a desert of black sand, blacker than the beaches of Hawaii or the Canaries, where the dunes pile up like mountains, and the afterglow of sunset turns the ground rocks red, and emaciated vultures pick at the bones of travellers gone mad. There’s a harsh but real culture here, more real than the old new spun world of the sugar dad, the glamorous ad, the land of the supposedly free and glad, the domain of the rich captains and their slowly sinking ships riding the rising oceans. Better to desert with all the rats. Better that fat cats starve and that whippets rule the earth. Better the wasteland of chaste sand than the wilderness of plastic packaging and rotting fish. The cactus may tear the flesh, the prickly pear may prick, the rock may not turn into bread, but the dried-up wadi is a path and the snake is a sign and the rock a pillow — for forty days and forty nights and perhaps forever.

From a novel in progress

9 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

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Ruth said...

Oh yes. I will read this book. :)

Very fresh, alive, and very Robert!

am said...

Stories that are like entering paintings are the ones that stay with me. This sounds like one of those stories. An auspicious sign for 2015. I like the new photo at the top of your blog, too.

George said...

Intriguing, Robert. I look forward to seeing where this is going. You have the talent, skills, and imagination to be a novelist. These traits, and perhaps a bit of Keats' "negative capability," will surely serve you well on your new literary adventure.

Nick said...

Intriguing. I wish you well with the writing of it.

wendysmyeryu said...

How exciting! Thanks to the sneak peek, my curiosity is piqued, too. I LIKE poetry in prose. Yum!

dritanje said...

Oh, this is great, the vivid and detailed descriptions, the poetic rhythms, I would certainly like to read more, read all of it, once it is completed.

Amanda Summer said...

I am a bit awestruck. More, please.

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks everyone for your encouragement!