Act 1: The Rouse
I snatched it. I did!
I snatched it, ensnared and bottled it, that elusive and seductive entity. Do you doubt me?
But wait—is it indeed an entity or must it, by definition, then be alive?
It happened today. The sky burned blue, peppered solely with one fascinating cloud. Cumulonimbus—the only cloud name recalled from childhood science, the ‘fat’ cloud, the thief. Yes, the thief!
Act 2: The Conundrum
For there I was, supine on garden chaise lounge, draping myself à la Bette Davis, feeling the full-force of dramatic existential crisis:
Am I a writer? I pondered to the non-responsive atmosphere above.
More questions followed, in the form of internal monologue:
A writer? Am I worthy of such declaration to friends, to family? Proclaiming writer’s status to the greater masses with whom I have only the flimsiest of relationships, based almost entirely on fibre optic cable giving juice to my internet? Perhaps I am now a dried-up writer. Has my creative brain dissolved to dust?
Shall I relinquish this over-glamourised life of words and word-count, plotting intricacies in novel form and pitching the perfect short story? Or, do I revert to nine-to-five clock-punching again?
Self-questioning perpetuated. Evidently I swept away into complete daydream, transported back in time where I graced The Silver Screen and not this current reality:
Perhaps I am not, in fact, Bette Davis but Mary Pickford—a queen of silent movies who looked quite fetching and had much to say yet her voice was muted. Maybe I am better off being silent. Damn!
I needed to get a grip.
I needed to snatch it or I would not survive.
If only the world was a film set. If only I could remain in the garden this sizzling afternoon with a pitcher of Mai Tais as companion. But, sadly, there the fantasy had to end.
Act 3: The Revelation
I began this week with a confession to my blog, a confession of infidelity. Now, another confession: this afternoon’s garden drama was purely an exercise in procrastination, to avoid my laptop. Also, neighbours consider my random 1940’s starlet shtick quite worthy of over-the-fence-tittle-tattle so there was a bit of folly in my temporary madness.
But just when I was resigned to beam back to 2017 and stare frustratingly at a blank Word document, it happened. There it appeared. That aforementioned elusive and seductive entity. Playing hide-and-seek in the sky, held captive by the porcine cloud overhead.
I glimpsed it.
I fluttered lashes and narrowed my focus.
I zeroed in on the spot.
No, it was gone again.
Stay still! I shouted skyward, alerting Sue at number nineteen to raise her head from weeding flowerbeds.
I unfolded body, reached up into an elongated pose that would have knocked Bob Fosse’s socks off, and I snatched it. And now it is mine.
Imagination. There it was. All this time. Up there. Sleeping on soft clouds, mocking me when it awoke.
I clutched it to my silk gown—no, more a practical playsuit—and felt its energy reverberate within.
Amongst the garden weeds and daffodils, I stood jolted to life by the surge of imagination. In seconds, its petrol fumes ignited my mind and body to action. I high-tailed it from outdoor film set to indoor sound stage and now I am here.
Existential and creative crises have been banished to the stratosphere.
I am here, typing at speed and ready for my close-up.
Because I snatched it.
[Slow curtain, the end, as sassy Bette quipped.]
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