“It’s a scary thing, you know, Life,” says the cheerful sounding voice.

Feeling conflicted about the widely grinning, grease-paint face before him, the scarecrow eyes it with anticipation — the clown might say anything next.

“The Future is a great ocean full of islands of possibility and opportunity. We set sail for them, full of hope and trepidation in equal measure. There are sea monsters and other dangers between us and them: things lurking in the depths, eager to surge upwards and engulf us in their terrible maw; siren songstresses who lead us astray. We may never make landfall, let alone make it to our final destination. And as for seeing all the islands … neither the weather nor the sea come with any guarantee … and it’s a long way to the bottom.

See … scary.”

‘You eaten a dictionary? No, that was a rhetorical attack. Don’t go there. The point is that we can’t stay here.’

“Who said we were going to? We’ve only just crossed the bridge to the sky. We haven’t figured out which stars to travel to … or how.”

‘You’re mixing your metaphors. Yes, yes, I know, I know, but you could try sticking to a single thematic style, you know … and leave me feeling less like my head has been in the washing machine.’

“Sea of Life … sea of stars, see? Sea, see. See sea. See, see? I’m not mixing my metaphors but simply transferring them thematically. There’s a subtle but significant difference you know.”

‘I said not to go there.

Shit!’

The scarecrow eyes the red running from his nose.

Greasepaint shouldn’t run like that.

--

--

--

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Gratitude On Valentine’s Day

Needed: Inspiration, Motivation and Allyship

Space to drink

this is the sixth draft. i might stop counting,

Together our hearts will grow

Lived Love

Drink of Water

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Where Angels Fear

Where Angels Fear

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.

More from Medium

How a Jewish refugee became a culinary queen

The Dual Mandate

Some Worries for Stockholm

In The Danger of Hope, I Hope