of tableau, no more than a few minutes or so, takes place at a dinner table.
There are three women. As we look one of the women sits directly ahead of us.
Her posture, her entire demeanour, is very rigid. As rigid, in fact, as the
shaft of a spear planted in concrete. Her head is a spearhead. Twists of dry,
over treated, short, bleached hair create the suggested outline. Imagine it as a
partial, only partial, silhouette. To her right a younger woman sits, leaning
forward, the palms of her hands touching along the length of her fingers. There
is a cold plate in front of her The other two are yet to put a serving onto
their plates. Opposite her, sits a woman of comparable age. She leans back,
apparently at her ease. She is the only one who ever looks towards the other
two, albeit momentarily.)
father's death surfaces in the house have never been quite so clean as they once
were. Mother is aware of this. The awareness does nothing to heighten or lessen
her grief; rather, it highlights the everyday, common place, inconvenience his
absence has caused her. I am sure that is the root cause of her anger. Unless it
is us. As time moves on, I find it increasingly difficult to even look at her
Now or never.
One or the other.
Dance. Dog annuls dog. The escape, which is simply into time, on time, is
When I was a
child her face was chalky white. Chalky white but at the same time clear, clear
and fresh. One could imagine it sprinkled with large water drops. Again and
again. Like baptism. Fresh and invigorated. In fact, as white as a geisha. Now
she simply looks ill. Without foundation, lipstick, makeup, she looks ill, She
knows it. She is ill at will.
voice is a clarinet. It sounds in energetic bursts but never attains beauty.
Never achieves movement, which is frivolity, which is muscular Dancing is out of
the question for her. As is singing. Her accent, her vocabulary, her phrases,
jar on the ears. She has inherited father's whine and belief in fate. By the
same token she also replicates his predilection for food. She eats with relish,
cannot decide whether that is healthy or unhealthy. It is certainly
unattractive. She definitely perpetuates his passion for pickled sauces. Now.
He must have
picked up a cloth at any quiet opportunity and simply wiped away the dust. He
seems to have been particularly diligent in the kitchen, have discovered that it
is a positive magnet for dust. If he had not died might have entered marriage
never knowing the workload and responsibility involved in simply maintaining a
dust - free environment How much else has been concealed from me? What else did
he not say?
encapsulate too much. Give ourselves too many dead lines Save ourselves too
often for another time. Time' It dogs us. Makes us snarl. Woof! I might as well
bark. I will not be heard. It is not that we do not listen. We do listen. We
listen all of the time. We listen because we are always on our guard. However,
we no longer understand words, The only things we understand are shop scale
commerce. Not words! Indices. I want I do not want... Yes, I want.., I want to
speak words. Escape my words One A. Leg Walk, Run. Fly. Dance. Never Never,
sulky. it might go on for days A smiler. A sulker. A geisha. Why? He was doing
She led him a
dog's life but he never barked, snapped, or pissed with his leg cocked up. She
must have been bored. Bored senseless, in fact. One has to admit it. Devotion
and obedience make for something cheerless and shallow. And then, of course,
there was the small matter of her appetite for sex. It might be kinder to say
man; but why kid ourselves. I may as well be precise. After all, words can be
precise. Words! All right! I myself have a growing appetite for what I see she
relished. Now! She is such a disappointment. I despise her in so many ways. I
should say it. Now. Now. Yes. Call her. Now!
Bounced.Turned. Rotated. Held. Loved. Can something so centrifugal be love? it
was vigorous and resilient. No words. An obsession though. An obsession he would