Mayfly

Mayfly

If there is human-made intelligence, what does it take to create a spirit or a soul? Do I start by crafting a body? How to give body to an obscure idea or a myth? It seems like we always have to work with what we have, by extracting and deconstructing existing forms, we create a body by reassembling. What if the soft tenuous silk adopted a different body? Can silk be sculpted as flesh? Can wire and rods be molded into bones? And does merging “flesh” and “bone” make a hosting body for a spirit, a soul, a feeling, or a notion? What difference does it make to generate a body rather than producing one? Is the body receptive or interactive? What’s the consistency of a soul, is it sticky? Smooth? Or watery? If a spirit finds its body, does it take the shape of its vessel? Or the other way around? If a spirit is restless, does the body it resides in enters a state of dormancy? Or the other way around? Is dreaming a process of alien notions finding a host? A notion takes form into a mythical creature. As the light dies, a mayfly emerges. Its entire life bursts. In a flash. Dreams creep into my body at night and leave by dawn.

—C.G.

Mayfly

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