Stories

October 20, 2018 - Dancer and The Following Dark

 

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The Dancer and The Following Dark .

There is a ship on the horizon, carrying a container that confines a lonely soul, who can’t see where the ship is taking him, only feels where it has been.

There is a dancer, dancing in her own light.  Her space glows with a warmth he doesn’t allow himself to feel.  She invites him to come closer, to join her, but he feels undeserving of the light she offers – preferring the shelter of the following dark.  For he believes his steely space keeps others safe, spares them the pain of who he is yet to become.  But his reluctance to join her deals a much sharper blow.

Her efforts to spin him into her embrace, her offering to feel the soothing space where her fingertips touch the soft painted sky that holds her balanced in the shadows, falls into the dark space between them.

She wonders if he misunderstands her offering.  For she doesn’t long for him to dance her dance.  Her only want is that he allows her dance to hold him in a moment she believes he deserves.  And that he’ll step from the following dark, carrying nothing more than a desire for moments – and the freedom to dance in his own light.

 

 (Reposted from 2014.  Art journal page by Harley Manifold .  Find in  ‘Clunk & Jam’ book.)

 

October 20, 2018 - Robin Small Stands Alone

 

robin small hands

 

Robin Small was unbearably awkward in pubic and so began the battle of – what to do with hands .

Footnote:  Not everyone sits comfortably in the world or in social situations.   Which isn’t a weakness.  Simply a difference.  It’s brave to explore where you feel you ‘fit’ in in the world.  To not deviate under the pressure to conform.

 

Robin Small in book, Clunk & Jam (2019).

August 4, 2018 - Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

 

Alice (from Wonderland) tells her Mad Hatter friend her Uncle told her to wish for 6 impossible things before breakfast.  With this in her tiny pocket she slays the Jabberwocky and everyone lives happily ever after – and we may not, but let us vow not to be beaten by Jabberwockys and impossible things for that matter.

 

Boy wished for impossible things….

 

impossible boy fighting

….adults grew up and stopped fighting.

 

 

impossible boy road toll

Roads didn’t take their toll and the sky could breathe again.

 

 

impossible boy road toll

Mother nature didn’t get so angry.

 

 

impossible boy goodnights

Homes were homes and goodnight’s were safe.

 

 

impossible boy old days

Morning brought back the good ol’ days.

 

 

 

impossible things

He was invisible to the world and it to him – and tears were allowed to flow as freely as oil and concrete.

 

(Clunk & Jam book).

July 25, 2018 - Robin Small Answers

 

robin small answers

 

Robin Small struggled to find what seemed so forever elusive – the answer .

Footnote:  Robin seems to hold a flag for the sense of wonder and mystery that was more afforded in years gone by, than in our world today.   Answers don’t always come easy, and sometimes there aren’t answers to everything.  But Robin, although struggling, doesn’t seem (entirely) defeated by the struggle.  Or the elusiveness of answers.  He’s tentative?  Undecided?  Maybe ready to step or move?  And those new paths often open up from not giving up when there seems no answer, but by having the determination to keeping seeking and exploring and examining what doesn’t make sense.   Responding in your own way to whatever uncertainty arises and whatever struggle arises from it?

Clunk & Jam book (2019)

July 3, 2018 - Robin Small Wells

 

robin small wells

As choices lay before him, Robin whirled in the – well, well, well.

Footnote:  Robin appears to be in a zone of great uncertainty – and cautiousness.   He could be anticipating the next step?    The ‘well, well, well’ could suggest he’s weary of the waiving finger of disapproval?  Or maybe the ‘well, well, well’ relates to a discovery he has made?

Find Robin Small in Clunk & Jam book (2019)

May 3, 2018 - Robin Small Rocks

 

robin small rocks

 

Robin Small felt the turmoil on indecision in the balls of his feet as he rocked to – Will I?  Won’t I?

Footnote:  Sometimes when there are no answers, sitting it out for a while and taking some time makes good sense.   And sometimes things  never make sense but Robin’s ‘rocking’ seems to suggest he’s not stuck.  He’s working things out – in his own time.  Maybe he’s just wondering?  And wondering (or daydreaming) is so often perceived as ‘doing nothing’.  Nothing of value anyway.  But it’s where ideas come from.   It’s how we gain a deeper sense of things and their meaning –  that others might just pass on by.