Hey you. Don’t these woods have this strange, dreamy, whimsical allure? The season between Spring and Autumn has an odd eccentricity to it. A strange electricity permeates, and the roots, leaves, and branches ask us to lose ourselves, but also hold back. The air is pungent, but still crisp and fresh.

This season has both nymphs and demons; both Leprechauns and Goblins. It both pushes us into muddy paths and enables us to choose our well-tarred roads. It stands between nihilism and idealism. It gives us shelter in caves where belief is the only defense against the downpour – rat ta tat rat tat rat, Crack! Help me, God! But also makes faith transform all that we see into something mystical and surreal or New Jerusalem beautiful.

This season gives us an impressionistic landscape of a mad Van Gogh, and rough, raw, but ravishing expressionism of a tortured Romantic. It’s a Bipolar Mixed Episode. It’s ugly-beautiful like a pug, and don’t we feel like giving up on it because it’s so infuriatingly unprepossessing? But also cling on because of some caffeinated lust for life; some, Until I finish this can of Monster and read The Catcher in the Rye in one go! Slightly uppity, sickeningly bubbly, fickle-minded, fidgety thing, psychologically askew psycho-therapists call (in)sanity?

Hey you. This season stands between a petty predisposition to a panicky Plunk! And a soft, sweet scent that makes us smoochy. This season is life, and hell, it’s filled with seemingly ceaseless strife, but also touching-you-tenderly nice guy or tussling-with-you tough guy ardor to strive. So, let’s give this crazy season a chance. Whaddya say?

© Nitin Lalit Murali (2020)

Photo by Blake Richard Verdoorn on Unsplash


15 thoughts on “ Some Season ”

  1. Got it! Yes, he included that short story as one of the chapters in The Martian Chronicles. I just finished reading it the other day, which is why I remembered. Would highly recommend the whole book. I’ll have to check out that poem. Cheers!

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      1. Thank you! I try my best. There are times when I doubt myself, but writing to me is ultimately is about expression. If only I could get a book out, all these years of sacrifice will mean something. Maybe one day…

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      2. Thanks a ton for the encouragement. I needed that. Today was one of those horrible days. I spent a lot of time introspecting and thinking about where I am, and where I should go from here, and then felt kind of miserable. But I’m better now. And you cheered me up more.

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      3. I am glad to here that, Nitin, You have no idea how many dark moments I have. But I decided that there was only one way: forward. Those dark moments come and go. They will do it no matter what. It’s like they have a life of their own. Yet I am going to move forward. Please don’t give up.

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      4. It’s like they have a life of their own. – I can relate to that. I can never predict when neurosis or dissonance strikes. Sometimes it’s very frightening, and I guess that’s why a lot of my work is dark. What’s even more terrible is that I know I’m thinking or acting irrationally, but I can’t do anything to stop myself. But you’re right. The only way out is forward. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m taking it one day at a time.

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