for madison-woods’ Friday Fictioneers


If he’s bringing messages, they cut both ways, rather than thread between or stitch together.  Fleet and agile in both worlds, and neither.  They call him “the Translator,” a metaphor embodied.  He melodies one thing and harmonies another.  “Of two minds” they say of the quicksilver poet with a two-sided brain.  No one knows how he listens, but it’s clear his flight is circular.

It’s been asked if he ever stops for love, ever rests his fluid motion.  There’s never been a verdict.  First one thing, and then another.  His reaching out, a curling in.  His language an escaping capture.

N Filbert 2012

22 thoughts on “Hermes

  1. That’s ok. I don’t always understand what I write by feel either. The crux was inspired by Hermes being the messenger to/from the gods, and how poetic that idea seems

  2. Ambivalence personified. That’s how your character feels to me and from another angle he represents ‘Perception’ because everything is relative to the the receiver’s perception, even if he is the messenger of the gods.

  3. petrujviljoen

    I thought the ‘duality’: ‘melodies & harmonies’ & two-sided brain … isn’t that how we all operate? The right side of the brain and the left? Carl Jung’s present personality shadowed by the Old One in all of us? Love this piece.

"A word is a bridge thrown between myself and an other - a territory shared by both" - M. Bakhtin

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