Zhaporozhe

 

 

Young men fear their minds, Old men fear the world.

–epitaph etched on the tomb of Zhaporozhye

 

 

 

3.29 (VI) (25:10)

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What is a Dream?

 

What is a Dream?

An Excerpt from Worlds to Shatter, Shattered Worlds

 

The One

(Waving the Other aside.)   Tell me then, what is a dream?

DHGHOMYO

A thing both existent and non-existent.  A thing existing neither in quantity nor spatial continuity, existing perhaps, only in the mind of God.  (And this God cannot be quantified.)  You might even view dreams as a dihedral angle.

The Other

A dihedral angle!?  I would  prefer a book that makes men mad.

The One

Or a vector process?

DHGHOMYO

Rather, an undistributed middle.

The One

(Excitedly.)  A minor amusement of the gods?

The Other

A contradiction in terms; the unreality principle.

The One

An unfolding story; a traveller’s tale.

DHGHOMYO

The judgement of God.

The Other

Oblique obfuscations.

DHGHOMYO

The object of knowledge.

The One

A language independent of abstract entities; the primary function of understanding, expirations, intuitions.

DHGHOMYO

(With a knowing nod.)  Innate knowledge; The Secret of  Time;  the tomb of the muses.

The One

The subjunctive mood; the ablative case?

DHGHOMYO

A rising tide.

The Other

(Disparagingly.)   The null set.

The One

(Ignoring the Other.)  The whistle of an arrow!  The law of independent trials.  (This bewilders even himself.)  The state of the art; the coin of the realm.

DHGHOMYO

The driftings of the mind.

The WYRM

 

The Wyrm

 

When  Urqhard  the  Wyrm  came  upon his dreaded discovery of the MEMORY ERASER, all the  Myriad Things trembled with fear — and there was  no  peace to be  found upon the whole of the Earth.  Everywhere were the laments to be heard,  “What is, is; what was, was,” and “All paths lead  to ruin!” and  the  like.

It  wasn’t until nine suns had tumbled from the Heavens that Urqhard came to his senses and destroyed his invention by  hurling  it into the depthless deep.

His explanation for this curious behaviour: “The answer lies hidden within the contours of my mind.”

 

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Zanichelli’s Tale

Zanichelli’s Tale

 

Zanichelli much to his own surprise, discovered the new element DREAMIUM under the workbench in his garage. The only problem was that no spot on the periodic table could be found for it.

Accordingly, an entirely new one (the now-famed Dreamtable) was constructed.

And it was then that it came  to  the public’s attention that the search for a whole new set of elements had barely begun.

Before long it seemed  as  if every man, woman & child on the planet had joined in the hunt (the  quick success of the ensuing search can be laid directly to this fact).

Also, the new elements would seem to surface in the most ordinary of places:  TRUTHIUM in a shoebox,  MIRTHIUM under a mushroom, PAXIUM in a baby’s crib, and MYTHIUM in the web of a spider.

Why these elements failed to surface until the time of Zanichelli’s discovery is a question that has never scientifically  been resolved.

The popular  mind, however has no such qualms.  Zanichelli, it reasons, simply caught luck by the hair.

 

 

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