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scarecrows

I saw a scarecrow today--I thought it was a person, standing very still. It was a very realistic scarecrow.

Today was also a rainy day, so there were no shadows, no direct light, confusion of air and water as rain misted down, confusion of earth and air too, as hills and trees melted away into clouds. A good day for summoning ghosts . . .

You can do that, when the rain brings ghosts up near the surface of the earth. Sorcerer farmers trap them in old clothes like helium in balloons, and make them wander the fields, scaring away anything that trespasses, until the bright light of an unclouded day frees them.

Yeah, ghost scarecrows only work when the summer is wet. In parched farmlands shriveling under an unrelenting sun, I'm guessing sorcerer farmers rely on phantasmal illusions of sparks and flames to terrify intruders away.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/891357.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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puddleshark
Aug. 14th, 2018 01:51 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful. I love the image of the ghosts drawn up by the rain...

Thank you.

asakiyume
Aug. 14th, 2018 05:49 pm (UTC)
I know you've had an unusually hot and dry summer, but when the rains come, keep your eyes open for ghost scarecrows.
puddleshark
Aug. 14th, 2018 06:35 pm (UTC)
:)

mallorys_camera
Aug. 14th, 2018 02:29 pm (UTC)
You can do that, when the rain brings ghosts up near the surface of the earth. Sorcerer farmers trap them in old clothes like helium in balloons, and make them wander the fields, scaring away anything that trespasses, until the bright light of an unclouded day frees them.

This is lovely.
asakiyume
Aug. 14th, 2018 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I really do have the impression of a connection between rain and mist and ghosts. Like they're a supernatural sort of fungi ;-) And something invisible filling old clothes so they billow, so you have a sense of something there--well that's exactly a ghost, right?
mallorys_camera
Aug. 14th, 2018 06:20 pm (UTC)
I dunno.

The few ghosts I've seen have been a pretty different phenomenon. Actual people. Solid-looking! No woo-woo stuff at all. :-)

Of course, it's arguable whether I actually "saw" them or "hallucinated" them, I suppose. :-)
asakiyume
Aug. 14th, 2018 06:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I guess ghosts can come in many different forms. The one time I had the impression of seeing a ghost, she was very solid-seeming and real too, and STILL, not moving.

And yeah, then there are the visionary/hallucinatory experiences.
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