Episode 11: Part 1 of “The Babbit Mends In A Little Fill”
“I almost wish I had not gone down that rabbit hole – and yet – and yet – it’s rather curious, you know, this sort of life”
L. Carroll “The Rabbit sends in a Little Bill”
During the very raucous caucus
(or muckus ruckus if that phrase pleases you)
Alex exited, stage left, to allow
his brains to unscramble.
He decided that meetings
were a waste of time.
Now he knew why some people referred
to meetings as “group gropes.”
Each person in the group
would grope for
his own needs
(possibly even be unaware)
The loudest ones usually got their way
whether they roared like lions
or cried like banshees.
Either way the loudest
got their way and
the very logical
Meetings usually ended with
an erroneous group decision
that was made with
Alex was taking one of his long-shortcuts
when he met an alchemist.
“What are you doing?”
“Making valuable gold from lead” was the alchemist’s answer.
Alex was sure that the alchemist would trip
over his own shoes. They were soft slippers
with long toes that curled up
and backward towards
Little bells decorated the tips of the toes
and jingled with every step.
“Is it possible to make gold from lead?” asked Alex.
“Not yet” answered the alchemist,
“but I am very close.”
Alex was impressed with the alchemist.
Not because he might solve
a historical problem
but he had a goal.
Alex’s goals, still
The alchemist’s trousers were as fancy as his shoes.
They were dyed heliotrope in color
and sported loops of bright sequins.
But most interesting was the way
they bloomed out
and were bloused;
After a few hours of watching the alchemist at work
Alex realized that there were new tools at hand.
“Can I help you?” asked Alex.
“Yes” answered the alchemist
“but only if you sign the apprentice contract.”
“What is an apprentice?” Alex inquired.
“An apprentice is like a slave
who does whatever
the master wishes”
“You must be nuts” answered Alex.
“No. Not nuts. Just want to establish
the power structure”
said the alchemist.
“What’s in it for me?” questioned Alex.
“Knowledge; for one.
Membership in a cabal;
And the alchemist continued;
“A personal introduction to a genie; for three.
And fourth; you may even meet
the Prince of Persia”
Alex was not sure if the alchemist spoke with pride,
hubris, ego, vanity, conceit, or self-centeredness.
“Maybe” Alex thought,
“it is just that