Moments of Resolving

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

In the novel "Sabaya Sinjar" by Salim Barakat, the narrator is a Kurdish artist who came to Sweden as a refugee long ago. Lately, he has been considering doing a painting in memory of the Yazidi girls enslaved by "Islamic State" fighters. As soon as the narrator settles on the idea of this project, he takes a walk through the woods to the grocery store to buy tobacco. It is here where a Yazidi girl appears before him. In her faint, pure voice, she addresses the astonished narrator by name and tells him that she was killed in Hasaka after she set foot on a land mine. Then Melek Taus guided her to Sweden in order to advise the narrator about the details of his painting.

After the narrator finally becomes convinced of this shocking and implausible story, he says: “But I've been thinking about a drawing about the Sinjar catastrophe since months ago. Why did you only appear now?"

"You were thinking it over," she replies. "But now you are resolved to do it."

What happens in these moments of resolving? Do ideas descend to us after having hovered in another realm since the Stone Age? During the passage of ideas between the two realms, are they distorted a little or a lot as a result of obscure factors like the extent of the artist or thinker's creativity, their temperament at the moment of design, atmospheric conditions, metaphysical conditions, the durability of the ideas themselves, the alignment of planets, moons and stars, slight fluctuations in dark matter, interference caused by neutrinos and other elementary particles, the collision and sticking of ideas to one another as they take flight from their realm, and the deterioration of ideas during their brief passage through an interstitial region, which is inhabited by a class of organisms called were-ideas?
 
What do the were-idea and his big brother see when they sit on the roof of their house as "the sun" sets in one of the suburbs of their interstitial realm? Thousands of thoughts surging over their heads like a murmuration? Maybe the older brother points to the darkening sky and cries out: "Look! It's a tune that has not yet been composed! And there is, to the right of it: a statue that has not yet been sculpted!"
 
But his little brother pays no heed, since he is more intrigued by the philosophical, biological and economic theories, postulates, and hypotheses that have separated from the flock to descend temporarily towards the nearby coastline, where they fly rapidly over the surface of the water, skimming for krill with their beaks.
 
After the last of the ideas disappears beyond the glowing horizon, and the two young were-ideas hear only distant echoes of unrealized melodies, they return their gaze to the sea, where the bioluminescence has cast the waves in a wondrous shade of blue. But deep below the surface of this interstitial sea, there is a zone that even the strongest lantern cannot illuminate .. It is beyond the reach of not only the fluttering ideas, but the most skilled of the were-ideas' divers.
 
In these depths reside creatures without names or shapes .. They neither move nor contain potential energy .. But despite these peculiarities, this region constitutes an ecosystem like that known to us in our physical world, with a food chain, sexual reproduction, and natural selection .. Here, predatory creatures pounce on their prey and swallow it in a manner that is neither kinetic, intellectual or metaphorical, while other prey slips away into the folds of abyss, to live to see another day ..


Submitted: March 18, 2021

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