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On the writings of another

Send me your stories, send me your words, send me the parcels of your thoughts; let me run them through myself as though I were an Enigma machine, let them mean to me what they mean to you, let me understand.

Let me unravel your ravellings, re-order your paragraphs, overcome your frustrations at this limiting alphabet. Afterwards, I’ll put them back the way you wrote them, I promise.

Say what you feel, let your thoughts take on a shape, maybe it won’t fit, maybe it will be a disguise, but let me know enough to realign the malformation. Share anything with me, even with the wrong words, even without words. Then it will come out of me as it once was in you.

I almost understand. I know this fact and that story, this image and that view…but I want to see as you see. Show me a different way. Take my hand and we’ll not be afraid as we jump off the cliff of reality; expression and imagination will break our fall.

Then, when the difficulties of deciphering and the endurance feats of exploring are all over, let me lie on a page of your book, let your images play before me. Drop consonants in my mouth, pour vowels down my body, let me drift away on your words.

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  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 4 years ago

    beautiful writing

  • Thank you, Boo!

    – Tuliptree

  • Rocky Loder
    Rocky Loderabout 4 years ago

    thats so cool…awesome..

  • Thank you, troader! Never been “cool” before!

    – Tuliptree

  • Betty Smith_Voce
    Betty Smith_Voceabout 4 years ago

    What a lovely thought to get into a piece of writing that you adore! Beautifully written…

  • Hi, Betty. Reading my friend’s book changed many things for me and that deserves celebration! Thanks for reading and thinking it’s beautifully written. All the best to you.

    – Tuliptree

  • ian osborne
    ian osborneabout 4 years ago

    Finely expressed, sensual piece of writing Charlotte. And as Betty so rightly said…beautifully written, as ever.

  • Thank you, Ian! Writing something like this was an interesting discipline – tinkering for ages with two hundred words instead of flinging down a thousand any old how.

    – Tuliptree

  • Emraldae
    Emraldaeabout 4 years ago

  • Wow! Thank you!

    – Tuliptree

  • gretchen10
    gretchen10about 4 years ago

    WOW! You are a rare find. Some people can’t express this well. Thanks! :)

  • Thank you, Gretchen!

    – Tuliptree

  • Revenant
    Revenantabout 4 years ago

    I began moved and then became bogged down in your mixed similes (Homeric start, [postal] machines, rocks and water?). I’m sorry. Is this a pastiche about Derrida and deconstructionism? If not, please forgive the harsh comment.

  • Hi, Stefan. I appreciate your honesty and queries more than all the favouritings and features I’ve received. I’ll bmail you tonight (UK time) and explain more. All the best to you.

    – Tuliptree

  • jedidiah morley
    jedidiah morleyabout 4 years ago

    a precious gem.

  • Thank you for reading, liking, complimenting and favouriting!

    – Tuliptree

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestabout 4 years ago

    Well I just read and didn’t fall into comparing or letting my intellect sway me into dissecting the wordage ….. I like to dance you see without sorting out the notes of the music on the music sheet.
    So this was a bit of a waltz, then a cha-cha and some twisting for sure ….Oh and yeh the tango got my red dress out of the cupboard… :O) xx

  • Hello, you. Enjoy your dancing! My sisters and I always held it a great compliment when we danced to each other’s music – thank you for dancing to my words! Thanks as well for dancing past and not falling into the holes I know are in this…. :-)

    – Tuliptree

  • MatthewM
    MatthewMabout 4 years ago

    I dreamt this feeling once
    Or is it more an expression
    Anywho, great work

  • Thank you! Your comment goes to show the impact “the writings of another” had on my own writing. Sorry, I know what that means and you don’t which is a bit rude…anyway, suffice to say that you’ve given me a huge compliment! Thank you again!

    – Tuliptree

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