Older than Jung


Lean inwards, inwards
Rummage around your imagination
The back of the cupboard where you can’t see
But where all the most interesting things
The deeper you get,
The dustier
The mustier
The moldier
The rustier
Rotten things which crumble in your hands
Hold them reverently, or lose them.
A bat skeleton, tiny, frail, bones like needles
A toy car, flaking paint, tacky orange grease
A tin of crumbly letters
Written in your grandmother’s hand
Newspaper cutouts but why
Index cards of recipes gone by.
Keep going further, if you dare
Deeper, deeper
Blindly fumble
Something might bite you
Or you might uncover
A mystery covered in tar
A peat moss mummy
An old god, carved
A thing hearkening back to the dawn of humanity
A thing so true it has remained
In the back cabinets of minds for generations
Safe from the light.
You know they are there
Though you try very hard to forget.















  • The imagined stickiness and ickiness of the very old corn syrup in the back of mine gives me a bit if a shudder. Why do I keep it if I never use it, can’t imagine a use for it? Why don’t I throw it away? Okay that’s it, tomorrow it goes in the trash! Yes, tomorrow. I’m sure I’ll get around to it … tomorrow…
    Well done, Sarah! The bat skeleton reminds me of a mouse skeleton I did find one time. The doomed had fallen into a glass pitcher stored way in the back of the pantry shelves in the basement. Terrible, slick, unclimbable glass walls all around. Terrible way to die.

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    • Ugh, the corn syrup always hangs around until it’s unwelcome. And when you finally throw it away, you decide to make Christmas caramels or something and suddenly you need it. So you buy a new one, use an eighth of it, then let it hang around until you give up on it again…
      Poor mouse! Nature is amoral and merciless, isn’t it. It injures our very human sensibilities!


  • Nature is, like life in general, often random and unfair. I wish I could change that!

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  • You have elevated gunk to art. Congratulations! And I love your title.

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