October 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Paradox introduced himself to me early morning last Wednesday and told me that the observation of a green apple was evidence that all ravens are black. So we sat down and discussed his intriguing argument and I began to draw his portrait. After several pathetic attempts to portray the observation of a green apple evidencing black ravens, I realized that Cliché was in the room and seriously misguiding my attempts to accurately portray Paradox. So I booted her out with threats of original metaphors and got back to work to find that Paradox had left. Not only had he left physically but he had also left me with no suggestion or reference point from which to continue my work. Needless to say it has been an aggravating week trying to pin down Paradox for you. And rather than leave you with no hint of a beast this week, I have chosen to regale you with this tale of conflict, deep irony and truth. My sincere apologies. I promise to be more selective in the beasts I showcase form now on.


1. A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.


October 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Proverbs are very wise creatures. They are distant relatives of Aphorisms and Metaphors. They are a mixed breed and can relate and adapt to any environment or situation quickly. They freely offer advice based on centuries of worldly experience (their average lifespan is 400 years). Even if you decide to go against the advice of a Proverb it is considered good manners to thank them for their time and consideration of your situation. They are a bit of a puzzle to the other beasts as to how they fit in. Edward Lear wrote about the predicament with a Proverb who called himself…

“Tell us all about yourself we pray- / For as yet we can’t make out in the least / If you’re Fish or Insect, or Bird or Beast.”/ The Scroobious Pip looked vaguely round /And sang these words with a rumbling sound- / Chippetty Flip; Flippetty Chip;- / My only name is the Scroobious Pip.”


1. A short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought.


September 28, 2011 § 3 Comments

A truly amazing creature. This beast uses complex camouflage to give the likeness of truth. Therefore, it appears differently to those who spot it because everyone’s definition of truth varies. Verisimilitudes have been witnessed as the Holy Grail (Sir Gawain) Paradise (Dante), Bellybutton (Bloom), a piece of flourless chocolate torte (Julie) etc. Some Verisimilitudes are more skilled at representing “truth” than others. The lesser skilled ones are  easy to identify because they come across as unrealistic. The Verisimilitude shown here was witnessed by a sailor. When asked to explain his vision of a verisimilitude he simply stated “Dere be nodin’ mo’e true dan de sea herself.”

1. The appearance or semblance of truth

Tragic Flaw

September 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

These tricky little beasts are unfortunate to say the least. Their bodies are covered in spikes and burs that readily allow them to attach to anyone who bumps up against them. Then they secrete a chemical that elevates any flaw in your character to the point of your complete demise.  They are impossible to remove and one of the more deadly beasts. I suggest you avoid contact at all costs.


1. The character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy.


September 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Though it is not common knowledge to humans, there are vibrational levels in the world that harmonize with our emotional states. A Lament is the vibrational harmony of grief. The vibration is created by beasts that are in a state of great sorrow. It is a song of sorts. Most humans can not hear this vibration because it is out of our auditory range. However, there are some humans with the capacity to translate an authentic lament into music that we can hear. Samuel Barber was one of these humans. His Adagio for Strings is the translation of the lament of the beast shown here.


1. To feel or express sorrow or regret

Interrogative Sentence

September 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Interrogative is the wife of Imperative. She is never sure of anyone’s motives, including her own, and therefore is often suspicious and/or inquisitive. She met Imperative at a peace rally in the 1970’s. She wasn’t really sure she wanted to be there; Imperative knew exactly why he was there. When she was introduced to him by a mutual friend, he looked Interrogative straight in the eyes, grabbed her around the waist, and commanded that she allow him to take her to dinner.  His conviction and unwavering certainty of his love for her, swept her off her feet and they were married within three months. Thirty six years later, with two children (Ambiguous and Exclamatory), their marriage has remained solid, mostly due to Imperative’s firm reassurances of, “You were meant to be with me,” or, “No. I have no interest in Cliché.”


1. The kind of sentence that asks a question and uses a question mark

Imperative Sentence

August 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

Imperative is a bossy man. He believes he knows what’s best for everyone else, due his wise old age and years of experience. He is not shy to tell you exactly what you should be doing and will often go as far as to command you to do it. He is married to Interrogative and they have two children, Ambiguous and Exclamatory. The Sentences  are a dramatic family with relationships worthy of soap operas. Imperative dresses in authoritative fashion and would seem an impenetrable fortress of statements, commands and instructions. However, what is not widely known, is that he has a secret compartment in his sock drawer which contains his extensive jellybean collection. He even has one licorice flavored bean with black markings on it that look like the silhouette of Elvis Presley.


1. A sentence that gives advice or instructions or that expresses a request or command.

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