Theoriticus, by Aaron Vlek
Theoriticus was a man possessed
of but one great and enduring love.
To his everlasting delight,
he loved discourse at length and leisure amongst the many great and small.
Poet and prince both, poised in wonder
at the luscious bounty of his words.
Queens and maidens many wept tears of wine,
and fell swoon away as each sweet petal
rained hard upon their parched and thirsting hearts.
And year upon year fled by
upon the heel of yet another of its kind,
when two score and five had flowered
and withered on the vine of time,
when harpies came,
and tore poor Theoritcus’ tongue from out his noble head.
He shed no tear at this,
and never did the single drop of blood betray his pain.
And for the first time in all his long
and celebrated life,
Theoriticus was silent.
The harpies spoke at length and most foolishly
of certain gods claiming grievances
against the noble Theoriticus.
But when the names of these various gods
failed to appear upon the harpies’ lying tongues,
they were beaten sorely
and driven off into the gale of a stormy night,
to weep of their wounds in silence.
A great and grieving king
raised a mighty tomb
upon that sad and hallowed ground
where the harpies
tore away the tongue of Theoriticus.
All the citizens great and small
gave sacred oath to silence,
and henceforth heard not a sound,
except for the cawing of many crows,
Aaron Vlek is a storyteller who works with the trickster mythos in its role as bringer of delight and proponent of disquieting humors. Some of her (yes, her) stories center around the goings on of the jinn, and of a universal imagining of the Native American character, Coyote. Some works are historical in setting while others occupy a contemporary and urban landscape. She also indulges frequently in the reimagining of classic themes of horror and the occult. Aaron is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Domine Canè, a short piece of speculative horror with a historic theme, appeared in the April 2015 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, Vol. VII, Issue II. At the Kids’ Table appeared in the 2015 Christmas Edition of Chicken Soup for the Soup. Additional stories have been accepted for publication throughout 2016.