Monday, January 3, 2022

Rasputin and the Fools

 

She stood in the heart of Red Square with the two men, Rasputin on her left and Basil the Fool on her right. The magician was a calculating man, and charming. His voice was as sweet as honey, his words as bitter as sin, "Remember what I tried to do to you." He distracted her and talked about the weather, how cold it was, and how all her days would be cold like this one if she continued to walk around with that fool, Basil. "Look at me," he said, "And no where else."


But she knew not to trust him. How, she did not fully understand, but his insistance on her focus and his calm rambling about storms and the temperature and fools made her want to stay close to Basil. Stay out of Rasputin's reach, the fool seemed to be telling her in everything he didn't do. So she walked with the Fool and became a fool, and lived as a fool, happily, joyously, and blessedly. Rasputin couldn't touch her when she lived like that.


In her day simple buildings dotted the Earth. All worthless. Beautiful in their time, but just dust. In Rasputin's time there had been castles. In Basil's, fewer castles, and people, even the sky was simpler then.


"Don't go with him," Rasputin warned her. He sounded so caring and complex, so like he understood the world. He knew all the things she did not. Is knowledge the same as wisdom?


She clung to Basil and went where he went and said what he said and prayed how he prayed, and sang. She didn't understand a word of his ancient Russian or even when he said it in other ways. 


"Say it in English," Basil told her, "In your own simple way, like a fool." He nodded in encouragement.


And so she did

A deep song

Words from everywhere

A great roaring whisper

She let it out

It let her out too

And she sang

This is the way

Walk in it


The roar shook the Earth and all the buildings fell, the dots on the Earth, the castles of Rasputin, even the simplicity of Basil. All of it. And with the fall of it all, the people stood up suddenly.


In a last moment of desperation, Rasputin reached for her, his hand cold as steel. "Remember me. Remember what I tried to do to you." But she forgot him entirely. 


Everything changed in one night.



I remember this world, its onion domes and Generals, while mine has changed. I don't know the language I once knew. It changed too, I did not. Everything moved but me, and I was left standing with traditions and the way things used to be. In this new world my old enemy is my friend because I at least understand him. And he me. But now things will be better than they were before.



32 comments:

  1. This is lovely, it's deep but I love it.

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  2. Such an interesting post...you certainly have a wonderful way with story telling...stories that make one think! "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

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  3. Wow!Sandi!!!! Amazing piece of writing!!!! I hope you have a wonderful week- xo Diana

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  4. You are a wonderful writer, Sandi.

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  5. This is about the Russian revolution, but I have to say I wish I understood the rest. Maybe you could explain?

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    1. It's about good and evil and the choices we make.

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  6. Well full marks for your 700th post, it's one that makes you stop and think.

    Happy and Healthy New Year Wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  7. Very interesting and so apropos. Satan always appears as angel of light. Wear the armor of God!

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  8. Happy New Year!
    I hope things will be better in 2022.

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  9. You have a wonderful way with words. Great post!!

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  10. I really enjoyed this one - beautiful word pictures that made me think!

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  11. You do have a way with words! Happy New Year!

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  12. Lovely artwork and a beautiful story! Happy New Year Sandi! ♥

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  13. Sandi what a wonderful post depicting good and evil. Also how easily we can be deceived is shown in this lovely writing. Hope you continue to share more of your stories. Hugs!

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  14. Prayers for a blessed New Year Sandi! Beautiful artwork, and interesting story.

    Blessings to you! : )

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  15. Amazing and lovely story you've shared with us, and the art piece is beautiful too.

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  16. Hi Sandi,
    it is always better to befriend a 'fool' than a 'Rasputin'. You have written a nice explanation of this.

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  17. Words that make us to think: we need to know how to distinguish between good and evil.

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    1. Sometimes it can't be done just by looking with our eyes. We have to engage the heart, soul, and Spirit.

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  18. Thank you for sharing.. a very powerful message.

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  19. I've been there in the heart of the Red Square, several years ago. The beautiful picture in your post, sure reminds me of the visit.
    The name Rasputin reminds me of a famous song, a festival hit with his name in the late seventies, methink.
    His death was very strange. He got poisoned and survived, got shot and survived. Finally he died by drowning.

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  20. Thinking of the scripture 'Call no man a fool....,' as I have come across many people that some called a 'fool' that were far nicer than those who others would call a wonderful person. Not that I would call Rasputin a wonderful person.

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    1. In this Rasputin is insulting him, but in real life St. Basil was called a "Holy Fool," which is not the same. 🙂

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    2. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 1 Corinthians 1:17

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    3. That's right Sandi, the power is in the Spiritual humility.

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  21. Ah, I am not very good on history, but one place I have always wanted to go to is St Petersburg Russia, as I learned the Russian language in a college years ago, but it has gone from my memory now :-)

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  22. a great message...written beautifully. you are such a wonderful writer!!

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  23. Wow - what a post to induce thinking!

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