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Sunday, November 27, 2005


46. THE HERMIT AT THE CORNER LOT - (an excerpt from 'The Man Who Killed the Turtle'):

So it seems like there's always a weave to things - some weird fabric by which they connect or gain meaning and it reminds me in a way if I dwell on it of when I was young - about 10 or so - when one of the remaining large estate homes which once ruled over the properties on which our tacky subdivisions had been built was still standing at the top of the hill and at the back corner of this huge place there lived - in a small one-room isolated wooden cabin - a lone hermit who resided there with no apparent connection to anything of the present and who carried himself in his own way oblivious to the modern world or the housing which had grown up around his area - a small squat man always in gray work clothes some sort of khaki uniform to which he was attached and wearing a matching gray cap and sporting a long white beard dirtied and discolored yellow around the mouth whether from coffee or food stains or merely his pipe-smoke we'd never know - and we'd taunt him mercilessly whenever we could which wasn't I suppose really that often as I now think back on it maybe on Saturday mornings or something and not much else - but we'd throw stones and pebbles and rocks at his cabin or run up to it and bang on the door or kick a pail or something stupid some brazen act of idiocy for which newcomer neighborhood kids are known - usurping his presence and power and acting as if we'd always been there and he had not - until finally at the breaking point one day he just began responding to our taunts by firing a salt-gun or salt-rifle at us - not real bullets not buckshot nothing like that - just some strange salt-like substance which did and would sting if it hit and to which we generally grew wary and shied from rather quickly and then he was gone LIKE THAT one day no more cabin no more corner no more hermit no anything and we never knew who'd won or lost and probably still to this day not one of us knows what happened but something turned over something took the new place of the old and the world notched another change into itself and he was gone and we were gone and so was all trace of what had been there and now if I go to that spot it is housing and more - peoples' yards sheds garages bicycles pools lawnmowers - the entire gamut of living and it's like that everywhere with every story I'd guess no matter what the farm or the river or the building or the bridge or the shed or the friend's sister beneath your loins - whatever - there's little apparent sense to little apparent anything yet we go through this life blind as a bat and enfeebled as much by the events we transcribe and GREAT GOD ALMIGHTY!! somehow live to tell about it all (if we do so choose).


At 6:18 PM, Blogger Scarlett O'Hara said...

hey...just got ur comment....headed over to ur blog....i will read carefully but unfortunately i have a 5:30 am wake up call and it's past my expiration as we speak...until tomorrow.......

this is not a brush off...i promisepromisepromise cross my heart i will read!!! i luv new ppl!!!

At 7:27 AM, Blogger nonwhite&woman said...

I sincerely enjoyed this post. I wonder what happened to the hermit - capitalism, NIMBYism, death, retirement, the pursuit of cooler weather?? This is what we seem to do to one another, though. Tell another's story through the memories and rememories of our own lives past. To what do we owe the pleasure of our existence. I don't mean our origins, but what continues to feed our lives? What keeps us satiated enough to meander through our days toward death? With this post, and your comments on my blog, my mental sponge is whetted and I am proceeding through my day looking for how I am touched, inspired, and blessed to live another moment. That said, I sit in sternly contemplating pain and our reactions to it. Is there a such thing as pain? When you reflect on the feel of those salt packets hitting your skin, do you remember how it felt or simply that it hurt? Why did it hurt? Was it because you felt he had no right to shoot you or did it truly irritate your skin? I guess these are philosophical questions. How many bruises have we all had that didn't begin to hurt until we saw them? This may seem rather random, but it makes perfect sense to me (smile). Thank you for inviting me to make community with you. I look forward to your future posts.

At 7:24 PM, Blogger gary j. introne said...

Nonwhite&woman -
Nice comment; thanks. I'm thinking 'twas maybe 'the thrill' of being scatter-shot at by some unknown buzz that stung. Nothing more than the unknown, to boys (way back now, 1959-60) whose fated remnants only little later were shrapneled and fragged perhaps in some deleterious Vietnam of the mind or the reality. It was like 'Life Prophetic' was talking, huh?
The hermit, as I said, just 'was gone' - the old mansion, the people, the hut, the grounds - everything now just a shitty, happy bunch of hoousing for mid-America and it's freaking consumers. The whole story's nuts - we take away our memories, and replay them to dreams until - combined - we project them together as some fractured reality of intent and derivation. All that, until we die, and then some.

Please keep in touch. Thanks. Gary


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