Stories at the Park 5: inspired by Dulcis Taurog

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About Dulcis


“I have always loved Japanese and Chinese gardens, calligraphy and landscape paintings,” Dulcis says of her work. “Over the years I have enjoyed abstract paintings, and wished I could express that combination of colour, and calligraphic feel of a landscape. I did not have the opportunity until I found the tools within Second Life.”

Working in both 2D and 3D, Dulcis approached the latter out of a desire to learn to make things for herself, for use at home and in her garden, where she wanted to create organic shapes. Her 2D art grew out of this, taking the form of images taken of the objects she has created, taking cuttings of them and layering them to give a unique abstract finish. “except for the cutting programme, I don’t use Photoshop, or any paint programmes on my word,” she adds. “What you see comes directly from Second Life”.

Stories and Poems

George the eye rubber by R. Crap Mariner

Inspired by all of Dulcis’ art

George was a pirate, but he wasn’t a very good pirate.

Instead of fighting and looting and pillaging, he’d rub his eyes for a while, and then marvel at the strange colours and patterns that danced before his eyes.

“If you keep doing that, you’ll go blind,” said the captain.

“That’s what my mother said about other things,” said George. “And my eyesight is fine.”

Pretty soon, the entire crew were rubbing their eyes, and watching the strange colours and patterns dance around.

Well, except for the captain. Someone had to steer the ship and watch for vessels to raid.

Just a Moment by Caledonia Skytower

Inspired by: Lava Luv

The rose-colored memory
drifting, revolving, shifting
reforming in my recollection.

I remember each station
individual moments in that long
ever redefining course of a life.

Curves of joy.
Smooth plains of compromise.
Edges of dissatisfaction.
Tips of pain.

Each moment indefinite
yet seemly an eternal demarcation
until it moved on.

A sense of fatal entrapment
“this has become my life”
when the balance tipped to the hard.

But drama passed, cycling
the good, the bad,
the ones you cannot recall,
the ones you choose to forget.

Observed in whole from afar
it is a miracle of sense,
a fluid continuum.

With Apologies to Gabriele Veneziano by Trolley Trollop

Inspired by: Silly String Theory

Oy vey! What is this mess you have left for me, Gabriele? Nonsense! Everybody knows that the goal of physics is order among the forces of nature! What would your teachers say to this . . . . this tangle of childish fluff that you expect me to admire.

You say it is no matter if I do not care for this . . . that it is no matter to begin with? Foolish girl.  Everything is matter. Everything matters. There is nothing more, nothing less.

Take it down. Put it away. Wash your hands and come to dinner child.

More than the Sum  by Caledonia Skytower

Inspired by Silly String Theory

“Pick a colour.”

“I don’t want to.”

“Pick a colour.”


“Because I asked you nicely.”

“No, you didn’t.”

“Pick a colour, please.”

“Why one colour?”

“Humour me.”

“I pick them all.”

“You can be so annoying.”

“All: warm sunlit cyan, the moss deep green, the tart berry red, the surly citrus orange, and every iteration in between. Even the black, them all together – I choose that too. I am more than aquamarine waters or tangerine jealousies; more than yellow exultations and sapphire satisfactions.

“I am all of them, each them. I am equation, sum, and so much more.”

Patient X by Trolley Trollop

Inspired by: Ink

“Thank you for referring Mr. X who presented as a well-nourished adolescent of fifteen. His  grooming and dress were both age-appropriate and tidy. Speech was clear, well-modulated, and fluent, reflecting verbal skills beyond the norms for his age.

“Throughout our interview Mr. X. exhibited appropriate affect, showing no reluctance to answer questions and follow instructions.

“These behaviours indicate developmental development within normal limits, with one exception. When shown a series of inkblots, he said ‘I don’t see’ Thus, I conclude he suffers from repressed psychological trauma.

“Recommendation: 1. Long-term residential treatment facility placement for the blind. 2. Seeing eye dog.


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