Idiosyncratica Challenge, 01/08/08
Posted by That Other Mike on 01/08/2008
This is my drabble for the 1st August. I’d like to talk about what inspired it afterwards, although I’m going to put that after the fold so it doesn’t spoil it. Anyone reading this in the WP tag surfer should be careful…
We cut down the sons of long-tongue liars, the murders, gamblers and backbiters. They ran away for a long time, but sooner or later we cut them down.
They did things in the dark which we brought into the light and we cut them down for their sins. I went among them with a sword and took justice to them, and it was good, and it was right.
And then it was finished, and the first-born were dead, my sword and wings bloody with horror and vengeance.
And I knew not what I had done or what I would do.
This is all stream of consciousness stuff, so it’s not going to be a well-plotted thing. Just whatever comes to mind.
The inspiration for this drabble came from a song in American V, the posthumously released album by Johnny Cash. He sounds old in it like he never did before, even in IV. The songs focus heavily on redemption and the journey towards death; while these were always thematically important to Cash, in this group of songs they sound personal. He sounds like he’s on the road to dying, and it’s almost heartbreaking to listen to, because it was some of the best stuff he ever did.
The song in particular which inspired this drabble is below. I hope you enjoy it.
Another source of inspiration was the idea of angels. I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of angels, and its related field, angelology. I couldn’t tell you why, although perhaps the idea of winged beings swooping down to administer justice and the law appeals to the storyteller in me. Balance and just deserts are, after all, major themes in a lot of literature. Plus, of course, there’s my name 🙂
The idea of a novel of angels without gods has been floating around my mind as a concept for a while now, but it’s nothing more than an idea so far.
I’m also rather interested in the idea of personification – the idea that a concrete being can represent a principle of nature, as do the angels and their words (a concept elaborated on in the RPG In Nomine to interesting effect), which ties into my general interest in mythology.