getting defensive

will you help me understand what is going on here? Bring some words; bring many words, as many as you can carry (and more). I ask a lot of you. We will use these words to build our defence but we must not let our heads appear above the paragraph break crenellations. Keep your head (down)! They have sensed us—you and I must stand aside, get down from here and hide ourselves until this has all blown over.

Last night, travelling west in the dark of a winter afternoon the vague silhouettes of wind turbines reminded me to write this. To right the way I write things. A strange reminding; maybe it was the colours of the darkness that reminded me or the darkness in counterpoint to the previous day’s brilliance. An unpropitious opposition. Instead, it was the darknesses in and of themselves.

In establishing this defensive arrangement the words are being kept at a distance. Small skirmishes take place on occasions but the onslaughts of last week are not being repeated. To understand what is happening here a step into the melee, which has unmingled, is required. In the stillness of this examination can be seen two distinct parties and an intervening barrier. It is uncertain if this barrier retains any level of porosity although it can be surmised that some seepage is occurring. To the left of the barrier are uncountable numbers of words. The words are of an almost finite number but their possibility of repetition is unlimited. It is possible that new words may come into play but in the present stillness this appears unlikely. A loud din to this side of the barrier can be seen but not heard.

To the right of the barrier is the writer-reader. Again there is stillness and quiet here. There is also a hollowness which appears unhealthy. This assemblage needs feeding but it is clear that the barrier is permitting little interaction with potential sources of nourishment. The stillness is deceptive though, for if we freeze the action at other points it can be noticed that the writer-reader hits itself repeatedly against the barrier. The stillness witnessed above is brought on by this dashing action and may be a form of concussion. Despite this apparent deprivation of nourishment the writer-reader is able to continue its sporadic dashing moves so it can be deduced that a limited amount of feeding is taking place.

To understand this further the barrier must be studied more closely. It will in fact be noted that the barrier has fine slits along its length. On closer inspection it will be observed that these slits permit access (from left to right) of an impoverished reflection of a certain (limited) sample of the distanced words. The writer-reader apparently is able to narrowly survive on this meagre diet. This impoverished diet inevitably leads to an impoverishment in the output of the writer-reader; an output heavy with representation and classical reflection.

It is known from previous studies that a barrier similar to that between the writer-reader and the words existed between the writer and the reader. It is not known at exactly what point in time this relationship altered but it is hoped that future verbochronological corings will narrow the perameters of this particular detail. Returning to the barrier currently under scrutiny, it can be observed that the slits which permit the meagre reflections of words through to the writer-reader do not allow a return of matter of any sort. Any output (good or bad) produced by the writer-reader in this period must be endured. From the current point of view it is difficult to understand how this system can maintain any essential commodious harmony. Further research will explore the possibility that looking for a possible harmony may be a distraction from the true potential of the arrangement.


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