Albion, Life, Trickster

A Nip in the Bud…

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A nip in the air more like… It stands like a barrier now… That white-time… A barrier against what?… Against the interior life… Unnatural… For one so young… Even so, it took another six months… Six of everything… Sixth-form… Get it… Most of us did… Without ever really getting it… Six of the best… Somewhere in there is… Woz Matthews… Mat hews what?… Mat hews what was… Clever, eh… And that’s not even made up… That’s actually his real name… “What’s with the macs?” he said… It was like he was reading his lines from a script… Except, we weren’t wearing macs… They were Trench-coats!

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We fell about anyway… And that’s probably what cost us the job… Laughing on the way to your slavery is not generally understood… By your would-be slaver… Not that we really wanted the job anyway… Slater was strangely adamant… Study is more important than work… And after the Peloponnesian War re-write… He did his best to get me an invite… To Oxbridge… That was never going to work… Not if it involved languages… Did his family slate roofs, or people?… See what I mean… There’s always two of everything… Two World Wars… Trench-coats were named for the first…

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That’s the subconscious breaking through… There’s an army life… And a gangster life… And a monk life… And they are all mixed up together… Swirling around… Anyway… Bob got the job… But he wasn’t wearing a Trench-coat… He did, though, have to wear a Virgil hat at work… Until he let a mate try it on in his lunch-break… And was fired… So much for slavery… Two of everything… The one that works… And the one that mucks about… Two white-times? Hmm… Possibly not… But the white time keeps oscillating between two years… Trying to tell us something… About the First World War.

 

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