Thursday, June 9, 2011

SECRET PASSAGE TO MALIBU

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From the sidewalk where I stood....
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I looked more closely I saw over the portal a bright shield, on which, it seemed to me, there was something written....
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...letters dancing and then disappearing, returning and vanishing once more....
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But wait, at last I succeeded in catching several words on end. They were:
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MAGIC THEATER
ENTRANCE NOT FOR EVERYBODY
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I tried to open the door, but the heavy old latch would not stir. The display too was over. It had suddenly ceased, sadly convinced of its uselessness. I took a few steps back, landing deep into the mud, but no more letters came. The display was over. For a long time I stood waiting in the mud but in vain.
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Then, when I had given up and gone back to the alley, a few colored letters were dropped here and there, reflected on the asphalt in front of me. I read:
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FOR MADMEN ONLY!
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My feet were wet and I was chilled to the bone. Nevertheless I stood waiting. Nothing more. But while I waited, thinking how prettily the letters had danced in their ghostly fashion over the damp wall and the black sheen of the asphalt, a fragment of my former thoughts came suddenly to my mind; the similarity to the track of shining gold which suddenly vanishes and cannot be found.
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—STEPPENWOLF (Hermann Hesse)
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5 comments:

dogleg said...

you are a weirdo man.

"better watch what you say,
as they will put you away.
for never to dance again
'til thee end of
days."

(Sidrel Mundet)

ras said...

reading Hess. Hess moved from joy to sorrow and I still think Siddhartha weekly and I always lament not being able to ge through the Glass Bead Game.

how is the film coming? post more of anything. it's always good.

R.T. said...

"Temporal Collections..." is coming along well and if not worked on, then thought about daily.

I failed to finish The Glass Bead Game too. Liked these when I read them years ago:

Narcissus and Goldmund
Peter Camenzind

ras said...

Demian was the first one I read. I've got the Glass Bead Game. send me your addy and I'll mail it to you. stop me from havin to see it on the shelf.

R.T. said...

That was the first one I read as well. Glass Bead Game, too, has been sitting on my shelf unfinished.