living post-mortem no. 2

when bored, go deep in thought. when deep in thought, rediscover.

i have rediscovered my love for magical realism (the genre (in whatever art form: literature or visual art) where magical elements appear in realistic settings). for a long time, all this appetite for things enchanting and dreamy and exquisite has been suppressed by matters superficial and non-essential (you know, like work).

this is michael parkes’ gargoyles
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it shows a child discovering magic for the first time.

anyway, getting up yesterday was more unique than most days this past two years. although it still was a sorry wakefulness with vague memories of unfamiliar dreams, the willingness to get up was stronger, though not remarkably, than usual. this a feat because i am given to ardent reluctance when it comes to peeling myself away from smooth blankets and downy pillows. really though, it’s not the bed but the actual sleep itself which i am very sad to leave behind. could this be a form of escapism?

today brought in the same kind of waking. a quick flurry of the sheets, with bleary eyes and semi-sleepwalk stupor, i found my way into the shower within seconds. only the shot of cold tap made me realize that i was truly awake.

i figure this is because i am again reading the kind of literature that i am purposefully inclined towards (i have committed the business and OD books for termites to feast on). that is, i have found (or re-found, if there’s such a word) another form of escape aside from sleep.

my life again is going to be a story of vicarious pleasures. should i be worried about my perception of reality soon? but at least this beats the hell out of sleeping all the time.

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2 Responses to “living post-mortem no. 2”


  1. 1 banzai cat August 30, 2007 at 8:28 am

    Mmm… very striking. Mind if I borrow the picture for a little writing exercise? 🙂

  2. 2 cat with the fiddle August 31, 2007 at 12:13 am

    hi banzai cat, by all means. it’s michael parkes. you’ll find more of his works, all just as striking. i have linked up his site under “art”.


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