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A WEEK IN THE LIFE: BY WAY OF A PROLOGUE


A WEEK ANYWHERE IS A LONG TIME
WE ALL CREATE OUR OWN TRUTHS AND OUR OWN FICTIONS
SINCERITY IS NOT MUCH OF A GUIDE TO THE NATURE OF THINGS
FAKING IT MAY TAKE US FURTHER
THURSDAY

A WEEK ANYWHERE IS A LONG TIME

YESTERDAY IT WAS AILSA AND ELSIE
TODAY IT IS ELAINE
TOMORROW IT COULD BE ANYBODY AT ALL

WE DON’T KNOW WHY WE BOTHER WITH SUCH THINGS
SOMEHOW WE DO
WE OCCUPY OURSELVES WITH ALL SORTS OF STRANGE THINGS

NEXT DOOR THE TELEPHONE RINGS
IT RINGS AND RINGS
LIKE SOMEONE SNORING
IT RINGS AND RINGS
NOW IT STOPS

FRIDAY

I THOUGHT I KNEW HIM VERY WELL
BUT EACH DAY I FIND I KNOW HIM LESS AND LESS
IT’S A TOSS UP
IT’S A TOSS UP BETWEEN WHAT I TAKE TO BE HIS EVASIVENESS AND
WHAT I MAY JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT AS MY OWN CAPACITY OR IS IT A
TENDENCY TO THINK WHAT I WANT TO THINK
I DON’T KNOW WHICH IS WORSE
YOUR EVASIVENESS OR MY SELF-DELUSION

S0ME PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH GIVING AN
OFFICIAL VERSION OF THEMSELVES
WHAT’S THAT, THE OFFICIAL VERSION
MR PROPRIETY, MRS PROPRIETY
YOUR OWN FULL POLITICAL SELF

THERE’S NOT MUCH I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS, IT’S A BIT OF A LOST
CAUSE
THE OFFICIAL IS ALWAYS A BIT OF A LOST CAUSE

SATURDAY

FANCY GETTING TO THAT AGE AND  
GETTING TO THAT AGE AND
AND STILL
AND STILL NOT HAVING A CLUE
NOT A CLUE
HE STILL DOESN’T HAVE A CLUE
HE DOESN’T HAVE A CLUE ABOUT ANYTHING
THAT PISSES HIM OFF OF COURSE BECAUSE HE KNOWS IT AS WELL AS
ANYONE
HE HASN’T GOT A CLUE
NOTHING, NOT A CLUE

SUNDAY

YESTERDAY HE WAS IN QUILPIE, YESTERDAY HE WAS IN BARCALDINE
YESTERDAY HE WAS IN WINTON
YESTERDAY HE WAS SOMEWHERE ELSE

THE RIVER HEIGHT IN URANDANGIE IS 0.0 METRES AND FALLING [READ
AS NOUGHT POINT ZERO]
THE RIVER HEIGHT IN URANDANGIE IS 0.0 METRES AND RISING

WHAT WAS HE DOING SOMEWHERE ELSE I HAVE NO IDEA

THAT’S NOT TRUE, I DO KNOW  
I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS UP TO
HIS MOTHER’S COUNTRY
THEY SAID IT WAS HIS MOTHER’S COUNTRY
THEY WANTED A MORE AGREEABLE CLAIMANT THAN THE MOB THEY
HAD THERE ALREADY
THEY THOUGHT HE WOULD DO
HE THOUGHT HE WOULD DO ALSO
THERE WAS SATISFACTION ALL ROUND, BUT NOT FROM THE OTHER
MOB
THEY THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ANOTHER MASSACRE
ANOTHER MASSACRE IN A LONG LINE OF MASSACRES

THE AVERAGE RIVER HEIGHT IN URANDANGIE IS 0.0 METRES

MONDAY

TODAY WE WENT SHOPPING
I NEVER GO SHOPPING

AT THE DELICATESSEN COUNTER THEY GAVE OUT TICKETS, TO SEE
WHO WAS FIRST IN THE QUEUE
THERE WAS NO QUEUE

THE SLICED MEATS REMAINED SILENT
THERE’S NOTHING QUITE AS SILENT AS SLICED MEATS
NOT UNLESS IT’S THE BONELESS CHICKEN THIGHS SET OUT IN ROWS

THE CHICKEN BREASTS ARE MERELY BLAND
THEY LIE THERE NOT QUITE EXPECTANT LIKE SACRIFICIAL VIRGINS

THE TOMATOES ARE PRETEND, HE SAID
THE AVOCADOES, THEY’RE PRETEND
THE DETERGENT, IT’S PRETEND
THE TOILET PAPER’S, IT’S PRETEND TOO
PRETEND TOILET PAPER

PRETEND CARROTS
PRETEND MANDARINS
EVERYTHING PRETEND

TOO BAD ABOUT THAT, SAID THE WOMAN AT THE CHECKOUT, THE
PRICES ARE NOT PRETEND

THAT’S ALRIGHT, HE SAID, THE PRICES CAN BE WHATEVER THEY ARE
BUT MY PAYMENT, THAT’S PRETEND
INCIDENTALLY DO YOU HAVE ANY PRETEND CANE TOADS?

TUESDAY

THE DOUBLE BASS SAT IN THE FRONT SEAT, IT WASN’T IDEAL BUT IT
WAS BETTER THAN BEING JAMMED IN THE BOOT
THE DOUBLE BASS LOOKED AROUND
AT LEAST IT PRETENDED TO LOOK AROUND
ALL IT COULD SEE WAS SUGAR CANE WITH PINK FLUFFY TOPS
MILES AND MILES
AND CREEKS CALLED HALFWAY CREEK

IT CHEERED UP AS THE WEATHER GOT WARMER
THE WARMER THE WEATHER GOT THE HAPPIER IT WAS
I COULD LIVE HERE, IT SAID, I COULD LIVE HERE AMID THE LARGE
GREEN LEAVES OF THE NORTH

AH, FANTASY, AH FANTASY

WELL, THERE ARE WORSE FANTASIES

NEW CLIMATES NEED NEW SOUNDS, SAID THE DOUBLE BASS
(IT WAS STILL REELING FROM THE FACT THAT SOME IGNORANT
PERSON HAD CALLED IT A CELLO)
YES, A NEW SOUND, A NEW SOUND
SOMETHING LIKE THE SOUND OF SUGARCANE BURNING
OR THE SOUND OF CYCLONES RIPPING THROUGH THE TREES
OR FATAL ENDEAVOURS CRUNCHING ON CORAL
OR THE SOUND OF AN ELECTRIC SHAVER SCYTHING THROUGH A
THREE-WEEK GROWTH
FALLING LEAVES, FALLING LEAVES, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE
SOUND OF FALLING LEAVES

WEDNESDAY

THEY WANTED TO SELL THEIR PET OCTOPUS TO THE RUSSIANS
THE OCTOPUS IS, AS ANY NEAPOLITAN WILL TELL YOU, VERY SMART
IT WILL FOLLOW YOU WITH ITS EYES
AND IF YOU VISIT THE AQUARIUM, WHICH IS VERY FAMOUS, IT WILL
FOLLOW YOU ROUND THE ROOM
NO FISH IS SAFE

THE AUGURIES ARE NOT BRIGHT
THE OMENS ARE UNCLEAR BUT RATHER ON THE OMINOUS SIDE, WHICH
IS NOT SURPRISING
THE SIGNS ARE VEXED AND WAYWARD

NO, THE RUSSIANS REQUIRE THEIR OWN INTERPRETER OF SIGNS
THE INTENSITY OF THE COMING WINTER
THE PRICE OF VODKA
A GOOD PRICE TO SELL GAS AT

THE OCTOPUS HAS INK BUT DOES NOT WRITE
IN THE PRESENCE OF THE OCTOPUS THERE IS ONE REQUIREMENT AND
ONE REQUIREMENT ONLY: TO DICTATE YOUR OWN HISTORY

HOLLOWAYS BEACH
9 JULY 2010

 john von sturmer 2010