from “White Men Of Mortality Various” by Robbie Q. Telfer

It’s hard to say what I mean when what I mean is quicksand lightning bugs, I mean neighborhood fragrances, I mean the birds who live in the airport, I mean potato diseases and I don’t know which ones, I mean I don’t know. I don’t know what I mean. I’m basically bullshitting.

You know?

‎If I see any safety violations, Rogak here is gonna fuck-start your face. Then you get to go home and tell your mothers how you got fucked by a Jew.
closing note of today’s range safety brief delivered to Afghan guards, faithfully translated into Dari, as related to me by Brogak himself. Every language learning course should include “fuck-start”… now, what would be the Latin conjugation of that…

A friend referred to a River* as “a body of water” and I realized I never think of rivers as “bodies of water”… According to Wikipedia:

Riversstreamscanals, and other geographical features where water moves from one place to another are not always considered bodies of water.

But what to call them? Our bodies are never fixed, at least. But think, a body of text, we imagine something fixed. Lakes and oceans are not so fixed as that image but more staid, at least, than rivers. Ocean waves lap, but there’s a gentility to it and the vastness of the ocean (merely in stretch over surface to say nothing of dark depth) short-circuits the mind, encourages stillness. Rivers are immutable only in their flow** and meander even from where we try to fix them on our maps.

When is a body not a body?

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What do you call a body (of water) in motion?

*capitalized because it was a person, actually, he was referring to.

**So said Heraclitus, “You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you”

***More fantastic photos of fencers doing what bodies do at The Big Picture

The last sentence, his farewell, in Japanese is お先に (o-saki ni). This is something people say when they are leaving a place before other people - if you’re going home from the office while people are still working for instance, you might say o-saki ni shitsurei shimasu (excuse me for leaving before you). So, he is essentially saying to the reader, “I have to go now, I’m leaving this world before you.”