Gravity Well

All M.C. Escher works (c) 2009 The M.C. Escher Company – the Netherlands.
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My daughter has a game in which a battery-operated elephant shoots plastic butterflies up into the air from its trunk. Meanwhile, everyone lucky enough to have one of the multi-colored nets clamors for the butterflies as they float to the ground. Usually, the kids (3-5 year-olds), have a try at it and invariably are unable to catch anything except by sheer luck, so they hand the nets to their parents and watch while the adults in the room scoop pink butterflies from the air, a scene only topped in silliness by watching those same adults attempting to dance at their respective company holiday parties.  

Imagine the butterflies as words, the nets pages, and the net holder, a writer in search of the story already alive inside this elephant’s gravity well, the beginning of this story its ending, drawn ultimately to rest after its pieces can float no further down.



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