December 1, 2013 § 1 Comment

Imagine this

Picture this:

A pinball machine, and you are the tiny silver ball

In reality this machine is overlaid with myriad others, the same, crossed by or the balls in each one numerous, may be innumerable and the boundaries between one and the next instantaneously permeable and all: running amok

Countless tiny silver speeding things

God might have them each writ in his book, but it is beyond our human eyes, minds, our capacity to contain

You are the ball and at the end gapes death and the arms that keep you spinning, that propel you, may sometimes be manipulated more or less by you,

And sometimes you might forget your part in that, or sometimes you might give it up. And at others you will be quite helpless and quite without steerage. Your agency

The spheres collide and rebound and react, in each collision are altered in trajectory; energy different, reorientated, more or less changed

Each player, each pawn will fight to avoid the gaping end — depends on it

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”
― Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967


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§ One Response to PINBALL

  • Anne says:

    When I play pinball, which is seldom, I think not so much about avoiding the gaping end, but rather about getting a new high score. It’s a game, after all, and about getting as many points as one can. To keep the ball merely alive is harder and less rewarding than simply shooting as hard as you can, and hoping that the ball lands in the spaceship hole or whatever hell all those things are.

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