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”
Reblogged this on Spoondeep and commented:
seemed fitting here
This piece feels very poetic, you could almost have made it into a poem. I love the contradiction and balance of the description and want to read more of Hermes. Nicely done
I’m over here; http://elmowrites.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/friday-fiction-breaking-the-backs-of-angels/#comment-2116
I love the line, “He melodies on thing and harmonies another.”
I also enjoyed the duality of his attributes, such as, “His reaching out, a curling in. His language an escaping capture.”
Makes me think of how the course of God is one eternal round.
thanks so much for reading and commenting!
i’m not sure if i’m smart enough to follow all of that.
thank you very much
me either…but it happens
Lovely words, quite poetic, but, like Rich, I’ll be honest and say I’m not sure I understand.
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
Ah Bach. I think…
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.
like that – thank you
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.
thank you – yes, i certainly think it is how we all operate
very kind, thank you
Like Rich and Rochelle, I had no clue to this intelligent piece. Then I read Petrujviluoen’s comment and the light bulb went off. Ahhhhh. Nice take on the prompt.
Your story flitted from one spot to the next much like your winged messenger. Adroitly written.
thanks so much Doug!