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Threading the Camel

by apsara 

Posted: 27 September 2005
Word Count: 102

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She tried a hundred times
but barely managed to pull through
the corner of its lip.
And it was obstinate and spit.
Undefeated, she plucked each eyelash
and pushed them through
one by one.
She shaved its hair and slid each follicle
through the eye.
She killed it, cooked it, then sliced
its flesh in slivers.
She grated the bones and boiled
its eyeballs into shreds of jelly.
She coaxed each morsel through the hole.
It took a week and the biggest darning needle she could find
and all because hed told her
that one so rich would never go to heaven.

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Plagious at 21:44 on 28 September 2005  Report this post
Hi Apsara

I do like this. Could not tell if your tongue was deep in your cheek as you deliciously dissected the literal irony of the Biblical quote. Great functional imagery! Very well expressed and written!

I believe they think, "the eye of a needle" referred to the small gate that was opened in the great gate of an Oriental city when the latter was closed for the night. They say it was difficult, but, possible, for a camel to pass through such a gate.

Reading again. A touch of obsession. Very good!


Shika at 22:03 on 30 September 2005  Report this post
Hi there, I found this darkly compelling although I was very worried about what was going on! I also picked up the biblical link and thought it was well written. S

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