homo sapiens beta 4: intermediate lights


Proteus, the Jurassic beta-release human, has met a luminous creature on a headland overlooking the world’s ocean. The being understands his speech, which is glowing shapes rather than sounds. Part One is here.

The stranger introduced herself to Proteus.

I’ve named myself Evita,
and you’re the conduit of my creation.
Not your ribs, but your intangible phrases
that weave the darkness
with their phosphorescent trails.

Between the near and far,
they reconnected, coalesced,
and here I am.

Proteus was quintessentially humble,
but because he couldn’t count as high
as quintessential,
and because he thought that he alone
had created the glorious Evita,
he chose to elaborate
his personal achievements.

…the fish were simply flapping there,
although one was slightly nibbled on the tail,
and I deduced that they were four
in number…

…and not a trilobite in the pool,
because they became extinct
at the end of the Paleozoic,
so finally I could count from zero
all the way to four…

…the diplodocuses charged,
and as I fled between the cycads,
I enumerated their legs:
an indeterminate number,
and dividing by four,
I ascertained the object-oriented tally,
another indeterminate number.
I call this “computing.”

Evita professed an unexpected interest
in the natural numbers.

Fascinante. Please,
tell me more about two.

Proteus was mesmerised
by the glitter of his own words
reflected in Evita’s eyes.
On he went, sprinkling
his numerical ascent in powers of two
with exaggerations,
and he paid no heed
when Archie, the archaeopteryx,
swooped out of the night
to fly around his head in urgent circles.

He didn’t know, and neither did I,
that the pseudo-bird
was trying to warn him
of an imminent inconvenience.

to continue

Archie, the archaeopteryx

beneath the carboniferous sky  (detail ×2 above). Made by VEE, the visual evolution engine. VEE and TIM (the illustrated mind, EEG) artworks are now at Artxio, a global online art market based in Sydney.

26 thoughts on “homo sapiens beta 4: intermediate lights

  1. I have to admit Steve that I get kidnapped by your descriptive phrases like,
    ‘ weave the darkness
    with their phosphorescent trails.’ etc. They are so full of imagery I could go on and on.
    love it.
    Your images are spectacular truly full of fantasy and out of world. oh that mind ay? hehehhe

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    • I hope you don’t get lost in the Jurassic, although I’m pretty sure it wasn’t quite the way I suggested. 😸 I suppose that’s what fantasy is all about, although really when you see what they can do with movies these days, it’s definitely hard to compete. I guess it depends on the imagination of the reader, and I’m quite sure you have a powerful and vivid imagination. Thank you, Tamaya.


  2. Aha! So Evita IS made up of Proteus’s ‘speech shapes’. I’m guessing that his fixation upon the glitter of his own words will lead to his downfall, just as Narcissus’s obsession with his own reflection brought about his demise.

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  3. The idea of speech in glowing shapes rather than sounds, that weave the darkness is such exciting imagery and I find magarisa’s comments very interesting. You’ve done it again Steve, an utterly unique poetical experience. The picture too is lovely. Wonderful!

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    • Thank you x2, Margaret. I have no idea where the luminous speech came from initially. Although there are biblical analogies, it wasn’t that. Actually, now I think about it, I have a friend with synesthesia who sees words as colors. That’s probably it. There’s a reason for everything. 😸

      PS: I just replied to Magarisa about my habit of punishing characters for their wrongdoings.

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  4. That’s funny! Proteus is in good company. Most of us do love an admiring audience, admit it or not. Looks like Proteus is about to get “inconvenienced” for his insouciance. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how badly!

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    • Insouciance, that’s a great word BG. And I agree, we do. Unfortunately sometimes it’s just the listener’s politeness, and we need to know when to stop. I do anyway. Fortunately with my family, there’s no problem—they let me know after the first word or two.

      Hopefully, I’ll have something for tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s already Friday.

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    • Definitely, I love the natural numbers. Changing the subject to my own romantic interest, i.e. computing, 🤓 I wonder how two is doing in relation to ten, i.e., binary computation versus human fingers. There are so many cpus around, I’d guess the total is greater than the human population in some countries.

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