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Episode 3. Part 1 of “The Introduction”

 

 

“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do; once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and of what is the use of a book’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation’”

L. Carroll

 

 

Alice Reading by river

         

ALEX IN BLUNDERLAND

Boy Fishing

     

Alex played with his friends on the riverbank.

When he was younger all they would do

was fish.

 

(curiously, all they would do when they became adults was to fish)

 

For now this riverbank was used for larger adventures;

camping on the abandoned canal path,

building rafts whose lifetime

was three hours (maximum),

catching snakes while hoping

that no girls would invade

their domain.

 

(yet hoping to see a girl that they could scare with said snakes)

 

When Alex was very young he would create walking adventures.

These would make his mother quite frightful.

He would leave very unexpectedly,

 be gone for long periods of time.

 

These were Alex’s self-described “long-shortcuts.”

No one but Alex knew what a long-shortcut was.

They were long walks that Alex used

as short cuts for observing

the increments of life.

 

Most were as simple as a trip to the local grocery store.

Alex saw the owner cutting meat, wrapping it in paper

and tying it up with a string.

 

Alex mentally recorded the precision and care

with which the meat was butchered,

the magnificent airborn contraption

that held the coarse string

and let the butcher

take a desired bit

without getting

tangled.

 

That endless roll of paper so handy

at the end of the cutting table.

Oh that table.

 

What a wonderful piece of work!

Composed of hundreds of pieces

of wood all fastened together

in a thick block, supported

by equally thick legs.

  Alex copyright

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