Sunday, July 24, 2005

Castle of everywhere

Alfonse was just this close to finishing, two more stones to heave into place, his men moving together, they were one creature, onetwothree push, sweat making trails in skin, Alfonse moved his hands like he was conducting an orchestra, his men the music.

The stone moved home, fitting so sweetly into place it could have been born right there. Alfonse walked along the walls, dragging his hand slowly across stone, it sang into his skin, nearly unbearable harmony of stone on stone, fitted so close like it lived and breathed and shaped itself to its purpose.

Alfonse looked up a flying buttress, almost too delicate, soaring upward, into the clouds, arcing high over his head, over his men, the freeway, the glass-and-steel towers, living stone higher than all those dead things, office buildings like toys at the feet of his castle, sinuous buttresses and domes and windows of a hundred colors and towers of stone as intricate as lace.

This was his, this had been born from his dreams and spun out into the world, Alfonse felt the tears running back to his ears while he gazed up, he didn't hear the horn of the bus bearing down, didn't see it, maybe his eyes still dazzled, but a hand pulled him back just far enough, and he did feel the whoosh of the bus going past, his dirty coat lifted and flapping around him.

Alfonse looked around at the people waiting at the bus stop. They were looking down the street for their bus, not looking at him, not looking up. Why aren't they looking up? How could they see anything else? If they would only lift their eyes, away from the street, their papers and magazines, away from their shoes and their bills, if only they would look up, they would see.

They would see he had made room, he'd made a home, for every one of them.

5 comments:

monkey #5 said...

moved his hands like he was conducting an orchestra, his men the music

That was sad and beautiful. A modern-day Kubla Khan.

anne said...

Oh that last sentence. All the desperation in the world.

jenn see said...

poor Alphonse. i'll come to his castle...

Daniel Heath said...

hahahah brilliant.

John 14:2
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

C.B.: how about this... we do a collection of short stories based on the b-i-b-l-e... once we're awesomely famous we can make them publish it...

Chemical Billy said...

monkey #5: you guessed my influences.

Anne: I aim to please. Or depress. Or something.

jenn see: you would be a welcome guest! Along with Anne and the monkeys, of course...

monkey 0: I'm there, I'm there. You'll handle the awesomely famous part, right?