May 15, 2014
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that kings in all their glory are not arrayed like one of these.”
OK, let us consider these lilies. They grow up out of the dirt; technically eating dirt for nourishment. They drink rain and are nurtured, like every living thing, by the sun (except certain spiders which I suspect feed off creepy, moist darkness). They have no jobs nor income, they don’t pay taxes nor have home owners insurance. Yes, let’s consider those lilies. Those homeless, dirt eating lilies. Well, their lifestyle may allot them certain desirable freedoms but let one of us try that and see what happens. Laying naked in a field, eating dirt, bugs crawling all over us. If we didn’t die of exposure we’d be arrested for public indecency and tax evasion. Screw those lilies! Not even sure why we considered them in the first place.
Now before anybody panics we are not quoting and mocking Biblical scripture here. We are quoting and mocking scenes from Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, who were quoting and mocking Biblical scripture...there is a difference. Besides it’s a free world and as a writer...sort of...I have every right to give my deposition of other written works.
To be honest perhaps we should “consider the lilies” to live in such simplicity and want for nothing...ah divine. Perhaps we should also consider the fact that I am obviously running low on life-based metaphors. Mayhap it is time to stop looking at life so metaphorically and do so a little more literally.
OK, so it’s kind of hard to do, because what you are reading now was written well over a week ago. This makes breaking news, current events and by the minute reporting on life somewhat dated. Hmmm. Having a break through here. Breaching that fourth wall of reality and actually confronting you, albeit from the past. Some life-line events are universally applicable. So what’s happening right now may be relevant or interesting later?
Sitting at the computer, in the home office. Wishing I had gone with a less evasive topic...like something about cows or positronic energy sources. Well this is proving to be irrelevant and boring...MUCH LIKE REAL LIFE! Eureka!
This is the very reason most writers view life from a metaphorical sense. Because in reality, life (for the most part) is listless and boring. Oh sure you have your moments but face the facts: same s***, different day, rinse and repeat. It’s a writer’s duty to go beyond the metaphors, take an everyday occurrence and make it interesting. It would have been nice had this realization occurred to this writer a few paragraphs ago.
So what have we got here? Looking back over this article it looks like a sporadic mess. But it is art in written form and there is a point to it all. No not on the surface but within the multifaceted layers of text. So is it metaphorical? In an attempt to escape metaphors did we, in the end, create one?
Oh my gawd! Does any of this make sense? Does anybody out there get the message wrapped in carefully placed humor? Hell from this side it’s utterly baffling. It makes sense but seems senseless. Then again maybe that’s the whole point of it. A complicated, off-beat, metaphorical way to express to you, the reader, that we have reached an end to all the indirect referential bulls*** that has clogged the veins of...damn it yet another metaphor. We stop now because there’s nothing symbolic about the end. Let us reconsider those lilies next week and when we do we will see them for what they are...flowers!
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