Wednesday, 2 July 2008


Humility Is...The Great Writer (In His Own Imagination) leans back in his chair and peers at the computer screen. He carefully examines the cover artwork of his book for the final time. It's as professional as Parsons! he thinks (see post dated 26th March). Having achieved a sense of fulfilment hitherto undreamt of, he clicks confirm and orders several copies from the on-line publishers in the USA. Doing so from Brazil costs him about the same as buying a small family car. He calls over The Ex-Girlfriend to look. The Ex-Girlfriend, who does not speak English and when younger found life's other temptations considerably more appealing than finishing school, looks at the book's cover. Legal, she says, and kisses The Great Writer (In His Own Imagination) on the cheek. The Great Writer (In His Own Imagination) goes on to the veranda and smokes a cigarette, as Great Writers are wont to do. A few days later he comes home to find The Ex-Girlfriend looking something up in the dictionary. You know you spelt impossibility wrong, don't you. You put an extra l before the t. Nonsense, scoffs The Great Writer (In His Own Imagination). How could you possibly know, he thinks privately. The Ex-Girlfriend shrugs and goes on to the veranda and smokes a cigarette. It is only when The Ex-Girlfriend is asleep that The Great Writer (In His Own Imagination) checks what he already suspects to be true, and that is just before passersby reported seeing a dictionary, laptop and Ex-Girlfriend arcing through the night sky like comets. If Paris is The City Of Light, then Recife is The City of Sputtering Candles, The Great Writer (In His Own Imagination) thinks that night before he goes to sleep, for no particular reason.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think your foray into more humourous writing is commendable - keep up the good work!!!!!

James Young said...

thank you, senor anonymous. I don't know why the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" keeps springing to mind...

dunga said...

ha, ha, ... this is good ... ha, ha