About Red Tales

Here's an evolving electronic collection of short prose pieces, with a poem contributed occasionally. Brevity guides. Although sometimes a piece will run to 900 words, most pieces are much shorter. Here one may find erotica, flash fiction, brief observations, and modest improvisations. Another rule is that each piece must have something to do with"red"; at least the word has to appear in each piece functionally. . . . All pieces are numbered and titled, so there's a de facto table of contents running down the rail below, under "Labels" (scroll down a bit). Browse for titles that look interesting, if you like. Thank you for stopping by. Look for some red today, tonight.

"Flaming June," by Frederick Lord Leighton

"Flaming June," by Frederick Lord Leighton

Friday, September 12, 2008

25. Language

All right, red. Be prepared. Certain duties shall be expected of you.

Doubtless you will have to infuse a rose located in a narrative and try like hell to symbolize. Elsewhere you will have to adjectivalate, for the umpteenth time, blood.

And these task are just for sanguine starters.

--Such endless, tedious work, signifying, suggesting, working as a word that describes, caught in cross-meanings between verbs and nouns, depended upon to provide an illusion of vividness.

We can hope only that this whole business of meaning will somehow count for something, something besides meaning, I mean.

Anyway, red, be prepared. They'll want your services. They always do.

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