26 May

And there I sat. Watching “Pickers”; you know, those two guys who travel from place to place purchasing old toys, motorcycle engines and bicycles that will never ever work again.

And then one of them said “this is what we like, finding things that words can no longer describe.”

Well how about finding words those things cannot describe.

Words can bring things to mind that things can not.

Let us make an example.

If I said “water wheel powered by a small stream” then words can describe that and the reader can accept that.

If I said “a small stream powered by a water wheel” then the mind goes all awry.

But the mind does not quit there.

The mind works to find the meaning of that description.

The mind says “What am I missing?”

The mind questions the stated assumption “A small stream is powered by a water wheel?”

The mind says “Does the writer intend for me to see something abstract?”

“How can a stream be powered by a water wheel?”

The mind then starts making proposals to itself.

“Maybe the stream has run out of elevation and needs a water wheel to power it over the next ridge.”


“Maybe the stream never went beyond the pond and the water wheel was only decoration.”


“Possibly the water wheel ran a hammer forge that assisted the blacksmith and the stream disappeared beneath his building.”

The mind may not have anything more to offer; so it fills the void with trivia.

It wanders tangentially away from both the stream and the water wheel.

“Up – down – blam, up – down blam,  Up-down-blam; the water wheel driven forge raises the hammer and drops it.”

But we are delving far away from our proposal;  

words can bring pictures to mind that real things can not, words are the mother of invention, words are the exercisers of the mind, words lend a new reality to the mind.

Where does the beginning end? Does it end at the beginning of the next event or the end of the last event?

It all depends on where the reader finds it.

So the story teller has no control over his stories.

They are totally dependent on the reader; and his mind, its breadth, its depth, and its ability to be hammered by the wordsmith.



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