Friday, October 29, 2010

You are Invited...

When I was young my parents gave great parties and I remember most of them. They purposely had fewer chairs than invited guests, a tactic to keep people moving from conversation to conversation and mingle. Sometimes these parties were "themed" and music was encouraged, people bringing guitars and on these occasions someone who could play the piano that sat against the living room wall was always invited. Sometimes food was the theme and my parents would prepare a gourmet seven course meal. My parents were not artists but had a tendency to "live that sort of life", certainly neither of them painted. I remember once my father got this notion to have a "painting party", not like a barn raising where you might paint a room but an occasion where one had the chance to express themselves on canvas! He borrowed


some of the "props" for this party. He had three easels set up in three areas of the house, each with a station of paints (oil at that!) and brushes with newspapers spread about to protect the floor. No one was told about this theme beforehand, in fact, it was a "cocktail party" and people were encouraged to wear their "best". Little black dresses were everywhere! None of these people were painters, not an artist amongst them, but boy did they have fun! There were no rules and no talent, at least no experienced talent and no attempt to "paint a picture", these were abstract in the extreme! Certainly no one person painted one painting, we all chipped in and added our "statement", incorporating what went before us, painted over and losing a work of art forever, or added to the effort of those before us. A lot of silliness and oh and ah's and even some appreciation and wonderment: "what did they mean by that?" Nothing, of course, it was all good fun.





So here is MY IDEA!!! Let's tell a story! "Let's" is my favorite word in the world! Let us. It


is an acknowledgement we are not alone and an encouragement to do something together. It is an admission that I can't do it by myself and want your help. "I" is my least favorite word for the very opposite reasons. It means I am alone. So, will you please come to my party, right here and right now? I will begin it simply with a couple paragraphs and your comments will be a continuation of the story. There are no rules, we can go back and forth in time and place, include more characters, sit in a corner and view what is going on, move about and get to know each other.





It was a dark and stormy night.... no, that one is taken, isn't it? I will begin it this way:



I saw the crime from the hospital window the day I was born. Now Love was dead and I had come into the world too late to save her, but only to hopelessly watch as she gasped for air, finally to be sucked into the undertow of a growing sea. I watched as men frantically tried in desperation to save her, but saw their bloody hands pull her apart and push her under, laughing in their hollowness inside. No one knew anything of the absence of love and continued about their business, carrying on as if she had never disappeared. Some held signs, a last effort in calling for love, but found only a shadow of her abstraction on the waters' edge, spreading as a thin oily film, trying and failing miserably to cover the surface......

8 comments:

Barbra Joan said...

So it is aa boat we're talking about?

HMMMM let me dwell on this and we'll see where it goes .

Ruby said...

and...as I grew up and ventured from the safety of my room I ventured where I saw her last and searched for remnants of my what I knew had been and would forever be my own true love. What is that...yes it is....a small, almost infitismle piece. As I wandered I found more shreds and shards; bits large and small. Searching and forever seeking to reassemble my lost love......

Ruby said...

....it is difficult; the wind is battering me trying to drive me away, the rain is relentless in its attack, it is growing cold, my legs grow weary, my arms numb, I can barely see for the storm assailing me; but my heart cries "No, you cannot stop me...I will go on......."

stonepost said...

YEAH, RUBY!!!

stonepost said...

As I grew older I saw boys and girls and grown men cry as they search for Love and found only the moonlight as it carved its way through the blades of approaching trees, stabbing into the water and proving a frightful mirror through which none could see. The older ones, the respected elders little more than began the lead in this search when fright would overtake them and they would retreat into a little circle and seal the doors, hopefully where they would be locked in and safe.

Hardly at the outset and long before I joined in this search, I witnessed a man taking a walk through the park. He was accosted and severely beaten up and placed in the hospital. All for a dime, the only money he had. A woman was raped and stabbed twenty-seven times while calling for her children who never showed up. She had a fierce smile on her face and no last words.The forest area of the park quaked in fear, pleading in repentance for growing during the day when the sun bullied the trees and laughed while each cell scrambled and rose above another for fear of dieing while it was light. The woman's screams raped the quiet sound of a stilled forest in dreaded night as a deer, half cold lay stiff-legged and bloody from the guilt of giving birth. The soft pillow sound of wilting leaves echoed from a chamber of the glen. An owl perched nearest the moon hooted and waited for the day...

rama said...

The hooting of the owl was so loud: all of a sudden I woke up with a start, I was totally shaken, for a minute I could not understand what was happening...
Then realization dawned on me, as I saw the pleasant rays of sun, shining through the lace curtains, and the phone ringing non stop.
I ran and answered the phone : it was my daughter calling to wish me on my birthday, "rise and shine papa, it is your big day"....
For a moment how terrified I was by the dream, a dream, no I had a nightmare, thank God is was only a nightmare, phew what a relief!
Like the sun flower I turned my face to the Sun, thanking it for yet another beautiful day.

Ruby said...

Ah, but wait! Was it a dream........

stonepost said...

I knew I had to stop drinking! There were never any answer in a bottle and I couldn't continue this search for Love as if she came in a cereal box. There had to be another way. Maybe I should travel...