In the Shadows Something Grows

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Walking The Streets

It was night, and the weed spoke. “My red eyes, though shuttered now, are drawn to what lurks in the dark shadows. My feet, though bound, twitch with a longing to pound the cobblestoned streets of Prague once again.  Some call me Golem and some dare not say my name for fear that I will look them in the eyes and freeze their heart.”

The weed drew another breath of inspiration from the chilled, quiet night.

“I came from humble beginnings, formed with clay and incantations to be a powerful force against evil. In obedience I am mute, but it is a burden that I do not bear easily. I am strong but I cannot speak. My muteness angers me and so I use my strength to wreak havoc. If I could shout I would, but for now my heart beats wild, struggling to burst out of my chest with manic excitement as I savor the images of destruction that spur my feet to fly over the cobblestones.”

This weed’s advice, “Beware the Golem tonight! Tonight is a night for fright!”

The Golem

Stories of the Golem linger in the corners and archways of the ancient city of Prague, especially in the Jewish quarter, near the Jewish Cemetery. The tale of the Golem has been told for centuries, and the most famous of them all tells of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the chief rabbi of Prague in the late 16th century who formed a strong mute figure with blunt features out of clay to protect the Jewish community. The Golem came to life but it became violent and had to be destroyed.

This weed loving gal got infused by spirits today and was somehow able to overhear the voice of a common weed, telling its version of the Golem tale. I hope you have enjoyed it, and if not, let us keep silent, for we do not wish to anger the dandelion with the power to grow in stone.

For some chilling fun, please check out the 1920’s silent feature film “The Golem: How He Came Into the World” or the book “The Golem” written by Gustav Meyrink and published in 1915.

Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like.

We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.

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