Tertian Fridays - Mythology/Fantasy/Fables/Legends/Fairy Tales
[A genre-specific reading event held the 3rd Friday of every month]
Independent writer and author, Craig A. Combs, reads from his newly published book of poetry, titled Taking Tea in the Black Rose: Singing Through the Shadows Until We're Dancing in the Light, at Tara Armstrong's "Tertian Fridays Poetry Reading" held at Glass City Cafe in Toledo, Ohio, on April 20th, 2012.
Introduction (My favorite fable):
A biblical rain has been falling for days, and in order to save themselves, animals are frantically fleeing to higher ground. For two natural rivals, the most direct way to safety is by crossing a river, which keeps rising by the hour. Out of sheer desperation, a scorpion finally asks a frog to carry him on his back to safety across the river. The frog is of course afraid of being stung, but when he shares his concern, the scorpion assures him he will do him no harm, stating that were he to do so, the frog would surely sink and they would both drown.
So the frog reluctantly agrees to carry the scorpion on his back across the river. However, midway across, the scorpion raises its tail and indeed stings the frog in the back, after which they both begin to fall under the rushing waters of the river. When asked why, the scorpion simply says, "It's in my nature."
This is a favorite fable of our next reader, as it illustrates how the behavior of some creatures is irrepressible, no matter how they are treated and no matter what the consequences. Many of the poems in his recently published book capture this same ardent theme of remaining true to oneself, no matter the circumstances or outcome. The story rose to popularity when it was told by Forest Whitaker's character Jody in the 1992 psychological thriller, The Crying Game, which is how this reader first discovered it, having retold it dozens of times ever since.
1) "A Most Sacred Affair" - August 8, 2007
2) "Alpine Shadow in Delta Station" - December 17, 1990
Video Credit: Matthew Crouse
Run time: 9:57 (approx.)
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