Tuesday, June 12, 2007

MR. FENBRUSH ON THE MERITS OF ANGLED, CORPOREAL FLOATING

He had been whittling a pine log chopped firewood into a smooth, oblong piece of wood for the better part of the afternoon, and it wasn’t until the horseshoe-tossers, fatigued by their match, came over to sit a spell, that anyone spoke to him. The grass was long, owing to the fact that the groundskeeper, Hodges, had died two weeks previously and had yet to be replaced. It had been a wet summer, and the grass was mid-ankle length and unruly, like when a mother allows her young son’s hair to grow long all through the sunny months. The man did not pause his whittling or look up when the trio of players sat around him, expelling an impromptu chorus of grunts, sighs, and other deflating sounds as they positioned themselves on the railroad ties that served as benches. One of them asked the man what he was making. A duck decoy, perhaps? A pair of bookends displaying a proud stag on either end? The man, introduced as Mr. Fenbrush, smiled blissfully, lips tightly shut. Without opening his mouth, he told them that he’d begun to have hallucinations a few weeks back. Involuntary at first, but soon very carefully harnessed and controlled, his mind conjured up the image of a great, cool-colored lentil-shaped object that hung suspended in a background of indefinite origin and hummed there. The object, he said, could not be strictly defined, but it vibrated ever so slightly and seemed to emit a force or energy ray that instilled upon him such a fierce sense of tranquility that he expected his complete nervous system to ooze out of his body upon his next exhale. The image, appearing sporadically at first, could now be called into his consciousness at any moment he pleased. He continued whittling, and a broad smile spread across his face, eventually enveloping the entirety of his head.

2 comments:

Aaron said...

Excellent writing. I am really interested to know if this is raw material, or a fifth or sixth draft.

la_sale_bete said...

Thanks, Aaron! I try to edit as I go...