I spotted this on my walk and it reminded me of the friend Tom Hanks created out of a volleyball that he named Wilson in the movie ‘Cast Away’. It wove into my dental visit somehow and the pain Hanks’ character suffered when he inflicted a tooth extraction on himself while cast away on an island in the South Pacific.
I believe it is either that some people seek imaginary friends or imaginary spirits seek them instead. Pessoa created over seventy heteronyms, Tevye had regular conversations with God (but that was in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’), Dante had his muse in Beatrice, Russel Crowe (he played John Forbes Nash Jr. who suffered from schizophrenia) was visited by fictitious friends in ‘In a beautiful mind’, others have their favourite patron saint or ideal and so on. I can understand why Tom Hanks made a friend of the inanimate Wilson. I find too that sometimes the universe ricochets in response to my poetry, perhaps it’s conceit to imagine this or simply our common lexicon, at the same time I am no Pessoa either, however brilliant that approach may seem. Yet, this sphere tickled my funny bone so. I am trying an attempt at humour today although my molar still hurts. Also, can all verse be profound ?
Well, yes it can. I learned that a ball is a marvel of engineering, especially after what it takes, to bring about a thirty percent increase in the true flight of a soccer ball. Apparently, eight years worth of engineered grooves, 3D ink microflaps (an idea from the aerospace industry) and four panel fuse welded exterior, help make the perfect true flight ball ⚽ See end notes.
Process: Narrative free verse with the help of Marquis de Sade, Disney, marshland, floating ball, molar, wisdom tooth.
Harry, you didn't have to float long on
the reeds for this dental update. Those
that bed you, were Phragmites once
and now my molar, merely fragments.
Dentists x-ray insurance faster than
they count teeth. There must be some
logic to this I cannot quite see but
you would know, if you could see,
since you are logically a marvel of
engineering. I still have a couple leftover
late bloomers naturally aching beneath
enamel that grant me the wisdom of
a Walrus, like you floating to no purpose
on a marshland. Respect! You had your time
on the court, vivacious orb of pleasure,
Casanova, you. I love my molars and
a dentists drill is sadism. I even brushed up
on the Marquis before the visit so I
could amalgamate the bruxism of
his misanthropy into something al dente
and profound. A hundred twenty days of
F / L / O / S / S / I / N / G
...... is what the hygienist said. She even
granted me the softest toothbrush, like
the blue fairy in Pinocchio, and said
I could be a real girl with dead teeth. I mean
... Harry!? it's quite simple, everything fizzles
into a sordid reality. A ball that gives up
the ghost of games, a mouth that expels
an infected tooth, cast away on an island
or a marshland or simply land. There we are,
in a biopic of Neptune, merely dreamers,
deflated in drilled teeth, sharing candied
memories of guilty pleasures, loveless cavities.
Ball Existentialism: who knew ?
Nike Engineers Soccer Ball With Truer Flight, Fresh Technology ~https://www.forbes.com/sites/timnewcomb/2020/06/29/nike-engineers-soccer-ball-with-truer-flight-fresh-technology/
Nike believes it has accomplished the goal of true ball flight with the new Nike Flight ball, saying the ball has 30 percent truer flight thanks to its AerowSculpt design that took eight years, 1,700 lab hours and 68 unique iterations to make happen … The resulting Flight ball includes AerowSculpt engineered grooves, a four-panel fuse-welded exterior and the use of Nike All Conditions Control 3D ink to print “micro flaps” on the exterior of the ball to help with drag … A ball generally wobbles as it flies, with air gripping the smooth surface creating a wake and causing changes in direction. This can result in missed shots and disconnected passes. The patented AerowSculpt technology moves the force around the ball, rather than letting it grip the surface…
Now one would think, what does a tooth have to do with air; well, tooth squeeze, also called Aerodontalgia, is a pain caused by the expansion or contraction of air beneath the filling of a tooth when pressure within the mouth cavity is increased or decreased (https://www.britannica.com/science/tooth-squeeze)
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, mathematician and writer, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll explains the wisdom of the Walrus best in his poem; no Walrus a better philosopher than this !
The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.’
Non-native Phragmites, (Phragmites australis) also known as common reed, is a perennial, aggressive wetland grass that outcompetes native plants and displaces native animals. Because of its height and its distinctive, fluffy seed heads, Phragmites is easy to spot, even by traveling motorists. (Source:https://www.fws.gov/gomcp/pdfs/phragmitesqa_factsheet.pdf)
I think we all wish to have the Blue Fairy in our lives. “Prove yourself brave, truthful and unselfish and someday you will be a real boy! Awake Pinocchio. Awake.” Mostly, what we need though, is for the Blue Fairy to awaken our inner Jiminy Cricket. Said the Blue Fairy: “I dub you Pinocchio’s conscience. Lord High Keeper of the Knowledge of Right and Wrong, Counselor in moments of temptation and guide along the straight and narrow path. Arise, Sir Jiminy Cricket.” Source:https://pinocchiodisney.fandom.com/wiki/The_Blue_Fairy
The most impure tale ever written in 1789 is no match for the internet, clearly, though it was once reviled as one of the most sexually violent books ever written and banned in Britain in the 1950s – and now it is a Penguin Classic. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/07/marquis-de-sade-120-days-of-sodom-published-classic
[The personal memoir of Casanova finally emerged in 1821, heavily censored, denounced from the pulpit and then placed on the Vatican’s Index of Prohibited Books. By the late 19th century, within the French National Library, several luridly illustrated editions were kept in a special cupboard for illicit books, called L’Enfer, or the Hell. Today, Casanova has finally become respectable. In 2011, several of the manuscript’s pages—by turns hilarious, ribald, provocative, boastful, self-mocking, philosophical, tender and occasionally still shocking—were displayed to the public for the first time in Paris in 2012. In another literary first in 2012, the library posted all 3,700 pages online. A French government commission anointed the memoir a “national treasure,” even though Casanova was born in Venice. Source:https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/who-was-casanova-160003650/ ]