Tuesday, September 22, 2009

XXXIX: Mrs. Scurfield V

Mrs. Scurfield came by early this morning. Woke me up. I stood scratching my head in the doorway, waiting for an explanation.

“This,“ she said with a smile, “is for you.” I became aware of a small red pot in her hands. Full of dirt. “It’s a Crooked Tree seedling,” she whispered, and handed it to me.

I raised my eyes to meet hers.

“You can do whatever you want with it,” she said. “Pave it over. It’s all yours.”

I was astounded. The unexpected weight of the soil pulled on my arms.

“But,” she continued in decreased volume, “I have a favour to ask.”

I smiled.

“I want you to join the Friends of the Crooked Bush.”

I was looking again at the red clay pot. I coughed.

“We’re meeting on Friday at 8pm at the Trees,” she said matter-of-factly. I began forming a response, but before I could begin to answer she turned and walked away.

I felt like shit all day. I tried smoking a cigarette but stopped half way through.

My kitchen table is covered in pages of photocopied essays. I look without reading. Now that I have time off again, my obsession returns.


Boyda said...

Are those bullet holes in the sign?

SO glad that the reunion is over.

And maybe those essays will tell you how to grow a "straight" (reformed? redeemed?) tree and then you can breed your own sub-population. But can mutations (if that's what they are) spawn what we conceive of as normal?

..just sayin'...

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

I can't figure out what those marks are. Something obvious, I'm sure, but I don't know what.

I don't know how to respond to the reformed/redeemed/straight stuff.

Do you think maybe my dislike of the Trees is simply that they're not normal? I don't think that's it, but I never thought of it quite like that before.

Boyda said...

No Matthew, I would never think that your dislike (putting it lightly) of the trees is "simply that they're not normal." I was mostly being facetious I guess-just trying to think of creative things to do with your new and intriguing tremuloides. So no, even if you were able to generate your own sub-culture, I don't think that would fix anything.

rockellea said...

I really didn't like the "redeem" idea... unless you are a person of a narrow mind. It is nature... there is a vague outline of what the norm of majority is.

To look at something as a "norm" can all look the same - but to look at each individual in a "norm" are all very different. And we can only see what is on the surface, but what does that count for?