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TITLE (EDIT)
Nympholepsy
DESCRIPTION
A bit of prose? attempting to leave the reader aware of violent emotions - particularly relating to a desire for the floorboards of society to become the ceiling.
[499 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Motivational
AUTHOR
Rowen Ravera
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The auth[or] is a mute who is attempting to communicate by means of exageration and extremity. Although the author is known to suffer from a Grandiose Complex-X, this should be taken with a pinch of salt.
[January 2002]
Nympholepsy
Rowen Ravera



NYMPHOLEPSY:

n., pl. –sies.  a state of violent emotion, esp. 
when associated with a desire for something that 
one cannot have

In a hired-out and dark room white teeth flash 
towards edible underwear. The anonymous spectacle
performed before a revealing window perhaps in a 
final attempt at contact, intimacy.

Across the street, in Rudy’s Tattoo Parlour, 
Mr Brown gropes for his glasses hoping to see 
better what he thinks is a clandestine rendezvous.
His view is obliterated by Old Man’s back, who sits
down on his empty beer crate to role a cigarette 
and ruminate on the days when his hands bore no 
stains. He reaches his hand into his faded shirt’s front 
pocket to retrieve his Drum Halve-shag Rolling 
Tobacco, and thinks of the days when they 
disappeared into the darkness of strange women’s 
cleavage. Instead Mr Brown mumbles to the artist tattooing 
his soccer team’s emblem, Manchester United, on 
his left buttocks cheek (Mr Brown’s attempt at 
belonging, that no one will ever see). 
The artist doesn’t listen to Mr Brown, and Mr 
Brown doesn’t intend him to. He merely needs to 
address his babble to someone. 

And Alice stumbles down this deserted street. 
She thinks that she is wailing for the loss of 
humanity and love, but no one hears her. She 
passes by Old Man, almost bumping against his leg 
as he sits chewing on his hunger for days gone, 
but doesn’t see him through her glazed eyes. Old 
Man thinks he’s seen a ghost, checks his tobacco,
decides to see a doctor in the morning.

Mr Brown takes a breath and continues to mumble, 
“One should accept life. No use kicking and 
screaming about it, won’t change a thing. You’ve 
got to accept your portion, eat what’s on you 
plate. I always say, Don’t you think?” 
He takes another deep breath as the artist lets 
him feel an acute pain. 
Resuming his mumble Mr Brown continues in his 
schoolmaster’s way, assured and self-deluding. 
“You find real Steppenwolves,” he says, proud of 
this use of literary connection, “people who can’t
reconcile them selves to their fate as part of 
society. Can’t accept society, its good and bad.
Live in a dream world, they do. Live on sweets 
and delicacies. Can’t accept that sometimes you’ve
got to eat your veggies.”
He pauses, raising his head from the artist’s 
cushioned worktable and tilting it to the side 
as though considering something monumental for 
the first time. “Like Alice. Poor Alice,” his 
voice is devoid of pity, but rather bristles with 
a quiet bitterness, “poor Alice. So torn from this
society, this reality, that she doesn’t even see 
me. Walking as though she can't be seen, doesn't 
even see me.”

Just then Old Man gets up and moves on, trailing 
his empty beer crate behind him. Mr Brown gropes 
for his glasses again, hoping he hasn’t missed the
finale. And Alice walks the deserted street 
wailing her demented song that only she and no one
will ever hear.

 

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© 2002 Rowen Ravera
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
January 2002
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