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The System

The emaciated catss darted away from the large shadow of the visitor and ran round to the backside of the villa> He walked up to the front doorand knocked gently with three taps.After a moment he knocked thrice a second time but no response not a sound from inside; Just where can Burnt be … silence .. listening a tinkle a clink a slow muffled moan … whence ? He turned to the large drain to his left and tapped on the rusting green  flaked metal ~ nothing but echo … but then –  a tap back a vibrating tap-tap. How …  I wonder … he can’t possibly dwell in a drain system piped and culverted. He leaned forward and focused on the note taped to the structure

” In this rat-infested drain lives a long forgotten douane
Whose diversion when perturbed is the written English word
He begins his day by playing: Choose a Word, a Line, a Saying;
Multiply it by Illogic; And divide its Logarithm By the sum of its Iambic
To the base of Rhyme and Rhythm with ‘imself.

Mein Gott! He is lonely

With each passing hour
is solely occupied with etymology And deviate philology
Analysing quaint abstractions (though he is quite often trite)

But the sad thing is his passion
For the esoteric fashion
Of inventing aphorisms Willy – nilly all the day
These included pithy maxims (which  he signs with his initials)
Which would cause High Church Officials to reflect on their profession.

He inverted hyperglyphics
Controverted Mesolithic
Rearranged each preposition
Conjugating as he wrote

Interchanged the grammar syntax
Rearranged the nounal endings
Redefined the adjectival
Formulating on the trot
Took to postulating epithets
Writing strict and overfly

As the years increasing past
More and more he grew obtuse
Finding less and less excuse
For forgetting ; in a trance Eyesight failing
All things paling Into insignificance
Why and when and who and what
Answers he had quite forgot
When and what and who and why
Query how we live and die
Who and why and what and when

(Make a listing 1 to 10)
Why and when and what and who
Knowledge elevates the few

These invalid rogatives
These bald interrogatives
Time removed and age defined
Douane was losing cells in line
Changed from lofty rhetoric
Manners grew intemperate
Write becoming ill -defined

Thoughts were loose inside his mind
More deranged and loose of word
Found that life was quite absurd

Silence came and with its Damn
Loosing teeth and blackened palm
Falling prostate at the Lie
Depose the order of his eye
Looking through A sea of red
Crawling to the tomb of Dead “

 The gentleman stepped back and turned toward the side of the rectory followed the drainage system pipes  the cats ran round the garden  and into the back yard – A square area of neglected grass and shrub and some pavings cracked and weathered led him to the back entrance
drainage system of the house and had used it thus as his postal address. He
Posted on the back door was a note
Unless  you are a fervent anti-colonialist with a gender disorder or a Frenchman without a beret; butIf you are a lost soul confused and delirious with the timescale of life please to remove your boots and enter via the front door … with a firm push on the upper right of centre panel ~
this  door  will  lead you  to …
And have a nomenclature that is an enigmatic palindrome
If you are a lost soul confused and delirious please to remove your boots and enter …
through this door which leads to …