“Do you have withstander pluckies?” I asked a man of unusual height.
“I don’t believe I know what those are,” he replied politely, with a tone of curiosity, as if he were running the phrase through his discerning mind for any possible associations.
“Withstander pluckies,” I explained, “are the hidden things that can be plucked out of our minds which allow us to withstand the madness of the world.”
“Um, I think I might need some help with that,” he laughed.
Indeed, as the conversation progressed, he revealed that he was often tempted, as a tall and towering man of uncommon intelligence, to walk over the many humans milling about in his path, displaying their barbarous selves with every gesture they made. ”Ah, so you can trample on lesser men,” I observed. ”That may be a withstander pluckie in and of itself.”
He knew that as well as I did; once this unity of minds was established, the withstander pluckies starting spilling out of us like rolling pastures of well-articulated imaginings. Flashing intelligences suddenly resonating with higher realities, and we turned simultaneously away from the ugliness of the world and toward each other. Wind-blown souls began searching for the wind that had blown them. Our minds nibbled on poetic uphevals.
Clearly, the withstander pluckies were both abstract and concrete, both physical and non-physical, drawn from the parts of the mind that might not be given context in everyday life. Remote funds of serrated courage. Wise words locked in the cellars of the mind. Wit. Humor. Faith. God. All these things and more, hidden behind the mental dung. We plucked, plucked, plucked the withstander pluckies as the madness of the world became harder and harder to withstand.
Note: I write short, impressionistic pieces which use poetic imagery and dreamlike images in order to invite the reader into an alternate realm where the imagination is allowed to breathe again.
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