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A New Aesthetic
by Alex Grehy
“You see…” said the TV architect,
looking directly to camera,
“What we have here is a new
aesthetic, courageously abandoning
the creepy cottage in the woods vibe
for this innovative combination
of the organic anarchy of a toadstool
with the sturdy warmth of timber in
the doors and window frames.
All set on a grassy knoll
perfectly in balance with
its woodland setting.
Yet, yet, and I don’t know what
the occupants were thinking,
the harsh hard building materials
shouldn’t work, yet…
The stone steps, so level,
though I understand they are
natural river boulders from
the stream that runs nearby.
The glass in the windows
is artisan-made from Venice,
and the chimney, ah yes,
that chimney, which combines
warmth and practicality
in its lofty local sandstone
Indeed, this is a new and glorious
aesthetic for the witches’ cottage.
I remember when I first came here –
it was a hovel and the residents,
Amanita and Sarcoscypha,
were starving. There was little to
attract wanderers into the woods,
and into their cookpot. People rarely
got lost and desperate in the
days of satellite navigation.
But now, now, visitors numbers are
booming. People are queuing up
to view this architectural wonder.
I hear that Amanita and Sarcosypha
are planning two extensions to house
a new cold storage unit and catering unit
complete with extra-large cauldron.
I can only hope that they don’t ruin
their vision, as so many have, with
But that is for the future.
For now, dear viewers,
let us appreciate the
true power of architecture –
aesthetic is more than appearance,
it’s the stuff of life,
the stuff of survival,
well, for the hungry witches, anyway.
Fiction © Copyright Alex Grehy
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from author Alex Grehy:
After a lifetime of writing technical non-fiction, Alex Grey is fulfilling her dream of writing poems and stories that engage the reader’s emotions. Her work has been featured by a wide range of publications including Siren’s Call, Raconteur, Bookends Review, and Toasted Cheese. One of her comic poems is also available via a worldwide network of public fiction dispensers managed by French publisher, Short Edition. Her ingredients for contentment are narrow boating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate. It is a sweet life, yet Alex’ original view of the world has led to her best friend to say ‘For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!
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