Fearsome. Gigantic. Awesome. Shiny. Aglow.
Susan says, “Propeller, propeller, burning bright…” To paraphrase, and some might say insults, William Blake*. This is a fearsome thing, this giant, polished propeller. It looms out of the darkness towering over the child in front of it. It is out of its watery element and displayed on land with special lights outlining and highlighting its blades. The ocean hides lots of gigantic monsters and once upon a time hid this one. This is an image fit for a nautical tale, a monstrous tale, a fearsome tale that might feature a small child who triumphs in the end.”
Lucia says, “Or your story could be about childhood wonders. As I stood in awe of the gigantic propeller, I thought about what it must look like from this child’s perspective. Will this child have dreams about what he saw, or remember it as an adult as something Huge, mysterious, and amazing? Maybe his monstrous shadow cast by the lighting will be the only thing he remembers. Whatever the case, the ‘fearful symmetry’, (to quote Blake again), of this ocean going mechanism is an awesome sight to see for both the child and the adult.”
*Tiger, tiger, burning bright
in the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
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