Quote of the Day!

Welcome to


arts magazine.

You'll be virtually a-mused, Kingston!!

ISSN 1708-5845 Online     Magazine  Art In Kingston   About Kingston   Press Releases   HELP!!     ISSN 1708-5837 Print

About Us

Adversity & the Artist


Artist Links

But Is It Art...?

But Is It Music...?

Collectible Bookmarks

Current Issue




Front & Centre

Heart Shaped Box

Hors D'Scopes

Inspiring Places

Jam Makers


Past Issues

Picture of the Day

Save A Jaywalker!

Short Stories

Wordsmith's Intersection


Baby Squirrel Videos

Wild Kitten Movies





Jaywalker free magazine of the arts was published monthly in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and is still available online at all times right here! We hope to get some version of it going again. For now, it is an archival site only.


Check out our old publisher's new blog, The Metaphor Observatory, with plenty of examples of contemporary metaphor in the media.


Bookmark us today!



Uneasy Lies the Cap...Cont'd

his eyes from thought to thought. A deep furrow became planted in his weathered brow.

"It was not long enough ago to forget. I was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge toward Sausalito when I noticed an older gentleman leaning over the handrails facing Baker Beach. I approached him in curious concern, only to notice his hair was astir and his face was wet with tears. It was Bill Freeman, who I'd known as Billy from his Christmas letters long before. He'd become happily married, but lost his wife to cancer shortly afterwards. They would often take strolls along the beach he now faced with an emptiness that weighed heavy on my heart." Santa stared at the T.V., which now was showing the image of the man on the bridge, and Santa's approach.

"There was nothing I could do. I felt so powerless" said Santa, as Bill, on the T.V. said the exact same words. A chill bored through every fibre of my being, as I realized what was taking place. Then Santa's eyes shut tightly, closing out a stream of tears as the image on the television showed Bill falling from the bridge, becoming a young Billy screaming for help before disappearing under the choppy water below.

The televised Santa stood motionless while around him night became day became night again, over and over, flashing like an old movie. People and objects passed through his vaporous form, unaware of his presence. Hundreds of desperate souls came and leapt, as Santa stood frozen in time, backlit by the bright pulses of Christmas lights. Then the screen went dark.

"I've not the power to lift the heavy heart..." his wet eyes then opening to a sorrowful gaze. "Every day I see the reparable miseries - the sick, the sad, the solitary - yet I've not the means to cure them. I've found the mightiest ships trapped in bottles, and yet I've not the means to break them free. I cannot scale the walls of those imprisoned by guilt and shame and release them with salvation. I have seen the spiritual poverties of fear and doubt yet I've nothing fit to give."  

"Every year when Christmas rolls around, I am reminded of my limits. I see the depression, the loneliness and suicides, and I'm forced to ask myself how much of this I cause. Do I give the unfortunate something to compare to?"

"And though society may fix one soul, so quickly it breaks yet another. This is not because society is failing, but because its individuals are. Nourishing words of wisdom are growing stale on fridge magnets, while crowded souls hunger for compassion in a cold world. Pride, bitterness, fear and shyness are the bane of healing words, camouflaged as apathy but in truth frailty. And so this frailty begets frailty, and society lives in the delusion that it is an uncaring world. In truth, caring is universal, just terribly misdirected. More gifts come wrapped in guilt or filled with unspoken sentiments best made clear..." Santa's rhetoric ended abruptly. The darkened T.V. lit up, and became fire once more, and the thousands of faces returned.

"These people believe as I do, but their powers are far stronger than mine. They can speak, and touch and love. Some you have met, you may recall; most you have not. They go about their lives, undetected but for that fleeting moment of truth, when they have the power to see through their weakness and unleash hearts. It is their small miracles that give society hope. Where I may kindle the fire of hope in the imaginations of small children, only they can keep the fire burning when the child grows up and becomes realist."

"I can only offer magic, not miracles, and my efforts are taxed by people's wariness. I offer wonder to the unrestrained spirit - to the innocence of youth at any age - and therein lies the secret to my magic. My magic is the power of hope. But my magic is fading quickly..."

"You're dying...?" I asked, uncomfortably.

"No, my son, hope is. Society was once a clumsy child. It is now a spoiled child - it has grown to adult without maturing. Technology allows us to steer our own destinies these days, but our self-centeredness has taken the wheel. All things are purposeful now: and purpose is without hope. Even you had come to me today for a purpose."

"But how else could I fix my car?!" I asked, shrugging. "Things just don't up and fix themselves you know..."

A single lick of flame swirled from the fire and arched above me, disappearing over my shoulder. I turned back towards the fire to see that it, too, had vanished, as had Santa and the shack that had surrounded us. In my hands lay no jumper cables, only two fistfuls of hand-packed snow. I was alone in the bone-chilling night of Arctic winter.

This was not good. I still had a car that needed charging, but all around me was a barren wasteland of snow and sky. My only company was the


Uneasy Lies the Cap  Back  1  2  3  4  5  6  Next

Jaywalker December 2003





Free Movies!

Free Music!

Free Podcasts!


  Copyright Info   Contact   Privacy Policy   Link to Jaywalker   Bookmark Us!   Advertising   Comments