Previously on Darklight: a traveller, the Ibid Bird, and a railway guard, set out for the Inverse Realms, where time ostensibly runs backwards. The traveller would like to find Selena, but on the way, there may be triffids. The first episode is here.
The journey to the Realms meandered
through pointless snippets of conversation,
without a cup of coffee or a saving grace.
The Bird addressed the guard:
An impressive tactic, challenging the triffid
to a game of chess. How its stinger fumbled
with the pawns.
The guard, whose name was Anélia:
I have no fear of triffids,
neither do I resile
from seeking happiness.
It’s succeeding that I fear.
A passing stranger, indistinguishable from any other:
I saw him on the balcony staring out,
understanding little more than sunlight,
as if that summer’s day were rolled
into a fragrant cigarette, distilled
into a glass of wine.
That cloud looks like an albino herring,
a whiter shade of fish, and over there,
two people and a bird are wandering
through the willow-fronded poplars.
They’re waving to us.
Ignore them. Although you may perceive
a certain semblance, they are not a future version
of the three of us, returning from the Realms,
where time runs in reverse.
Anélia, formerly known as the guard:
Look around you. The evening’s mist
is suffused with a blushing earthly radiance,
and clumps of rain are rising
from the fields, shaping silvered pools
beneath the clouds.
The wan light overhead is not a remnant
of the day: it fills the sky, a blotter stained
with the ink of inverse stars.
We’ve reached the Realms.
- Triffids appeared in John Wyndham’s 1951 novel The Day of the Triffids.
- In fictional time travel, meeting oneself causes problems ranging from the universe exploding to debates over who should pay for coffee.
- Once again, the description of a region where time runs backwards is wildly inaccurate.
The ablation of thoughts relates to a previous episode of Darklight. It is the next stage of UHD pilot videos made with VEE, the Visual Evolution Engine, and ALISA, adaptive art automation, rather than animation. The soundtrack is via Audacity® and Lisp, the computer language everyone loves. Reduced quality, but best viewed in 4K/full screen.
When time was young, and the morning show
forecast rainless weather, all of creation
was fire creatures. Their lights still flicker
in my mind.