A Stinker of a Time

If you’ve read me for more than a season, then you already know that my springs tend to be full of T.S. Eliot and The Waste Land. Who can resist inspiration like: “That corpse you planted last year in your garden / Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?”

“A Stinker of a Time”

I learned the trade from Primavera the Fisher.

“Spring can’t stand botched up winter jobs,” Primavera said, the first morning she took me to the docks. “She always floats their mistakes to the surface. It’s a stinker of a time for us, even when their rot comes carrying gifts.”

Before I could ask what she meant, Primavera speared a severed hand that had been bobbing for sunlight. Its pinky finger wore a huge ruby ring.

“They’ll never be good at winter jobs, if they can’t keep a corpse from blooming in spring.”

In winter, it’s best to bury or burn.

a wee note…
– Linked to Friday Fictioneers. Visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog, to join the writing bloom. Then follow this LINK, to read what others have fished out of the docks.

photo by Fatima Fakier Deria

83 thoughts on “A Stinker of a Time

  1. Dear Magaly,

    Now you have me wanting to read T.S. Elliot. Is Primavera’s name meant to be a play on words? Loved your take on the prompt.



    • I always love spreading my T.S. Eliot (and others) addiction. So, hooray!

      Primavera is a bit of an indulgence. Since if means spring in Spanish, I thought it would be a cool name to give to a character with a questionable job, which alludes to organized crime. You know, they have the Little John’s, the Cousin Vinnys… I wanted a Primavera the Fisher. 😀

  2. This was poetically twisted!! I love it!!
    Thank you so much for your sweet sweet comment!!
    I love it too when I listen to blogfriends’s voices!!
    Brightest spring blessings to you and yours!!

  3. OMG Ms. Writer of Dark Thoughts. You have darkened my season now. I will never go fishing in the Spring, unless I see the sun glint off a lovely ruby. Not that I am a fisherwoman, anyway. 🙂

  4. Love the language you use here, you’ve spun quite an atmosphere, Magaly. According to Dickens, people used to make a living robbing corpses they found floating in the Thames, so Primavera’s job is not so extraordinary. Lovely work

    • The works of Dickens, Poe, Stevenson and Mary Shelley do a fantastic job at showing us the interesting and disturbing things people used to do with bodies. Interesting (and disturbing) times…

  5. Ah, you are a fellow T.S. Elliot fan, Magaly. He is absolutely my favourite poet by a long shot.
    I really enjoyed your “stinky” tale, despite it being rather gruesome! Much better to get rid of a corpse in the soil, then there’s a good chance that some wonderful spring flowers might bloom out of it, out of gratitude for all that natural fertiliser.

  6. Now I want to re-read Eliot all over again. Who can resist a guy who says ‘I have measured out my life with coffee spoons’. Very nicely done indeed.

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