“Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida”

February 19, 2009

The beginning of a sketch, as per an assigned exercise in ekphrasis for my Artful Fictions seminar:

"Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida" By Ivan Albright 1929-1930

“Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida” By Ivan Albright 1929-1930

What Ida asked for, she got. What she didn’t ask for, she got more of. The fantastic thing about wants-the very big ones, not the little immediate ones like a beer, a bag of tobacco, a sprig of violets in a glass or an appointment at the hair-setter-is the way they can remain forever suspended in the gaping jaws of time. The always-now, then, keeping wants always at bay. Even the most supreme of these desires, a moment never cresting, rested securely like a rubber ball in the creased, sweaty palm of the present.

There had never been a time when she’d wanted a husband or children, but rather, instead, set her sights towards a contentment of wanting to want. “When the time is right…” And it never was. Right for that. But right enough for living nonetheless, for affairs that melted into years, a temporal soup whose narrative elements eventually abandoned the desperate will toward distinction, forming a composite taste of the liquid march of days. Those aims were points on an distant horizon that refused, elusively, to near. She approached it unceasingly, knowing that to reach it would be, in the same instant, to overtake it. All choice can be reduced to but two: keep walking or keep running. So Ida walked. First, in her sister’s slippers handed down, and then in patent leather heels, and now in faded pumps, into which she poured, forcefully, the flesh of her feet, all the unfortunate shape that had accumulated silently somewhere between youth and yesterday.

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2 Responses to ““Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida””

  1. annie said

    dig it…. alot- you have so much to say!
    cool man- can i link it to my blog?

  2. annie said

    dig it…. alot- you have so much to say!
    cool man- can i link it to my blog?
    p.s.
    i really am in love with Ivan Albright

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