Imagine a picture of a man with a boy – the man
has his hand on the boys left shoulder, which
means that the man is standing to the boys
right – because of their resemblance it is likely
they are father and son.
They are in a room of the house where the boy
grew up – there is no background – no color. It
is as equally possible that they are rich as that
they are poor. You could make up a story about
the boy and the man…
Insert some meaning about the mans hand, or
make something up about the weight of it on
the boys shoulder – or that there is significance
to it being on the left and not the right, do not
spare them your speculation.
Fall in love with your story about the man
and the boy, now go ahead and take sides
with one or the other of them – you know
that one of them is right and that the other
It will help the condemnation process if you
are able to make the wrong one your enemy –
for how else will you be able to sew the mask
of his future executioner from the threads of
A long time ago a ship left a harbor – at the
dock to see the ship off was a woman waving
a hankie – she was old and she told those who
would listen that she had earned each and
every one of her wrinkles.
She was sending her first son across the water
to a land of stone to send back enough granite
to build for her a mausoleum, and as she turned
to make her way back home she somehow felt
The captain of this ship was a notorious drunk
who flogged his crew while sipping brandy. He
made so many shipboard waves that one day
his crew threw him overboard and into one of
them, which then carried him away.
And slowly plank by plank and splinter by splinter
the ship fell apart until the sea was filled with
bobbing heads holding onto floating cargo. The
old womans son survived and eventually washed
up on a craggy shore.
He became a stone mason, took a wife and built
a house, sending rocks and the occasional block
back to the old woman who did eventually build
herself a mausoleum. And when she died, she
was positively lighter – a feather buried in stone.
Now back to the picture – If you look very closely
in the mans eye you might see the entire above
story or you just might see a picture of a man and a
boy and never wonder about the weight of the mans
hand on the boys left shoulder.