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    aw, thank you dreamwoven! (there should be another instalment before too long...)

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    Excellent melody. This reads like the waves of the ocean. Calm and fierce.

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    thank you so much, turia, that is a wonderful compliment!

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    The Ice King Ė 3: The Thought

    I feel the ice melt under my skin, I sense us slip away in the rush of torrents, surging up, then drowning into the depths; my eyes closed, I heave into his brain; where there were colours there is now only green and blue and that purple and the white in the flashes between: I bounce and dissolve, the water rushes through me, the glacier crashes all about us as we tumble down the mountain, turn into a stream Ė the quicks, the pools, the depths, the shallows and the waterfalls Ė into the valley, then the river, then the calm. Then the meadows passing and the flowers and the cows on the hill. The trees. Is that a sun in the sky? I havenít seen one in years. The Ice is gone, the King is no more. What have I done?

    I float on the easy current along the stately swans and the comical ducks and I wonder. Was that necessary? Was that emotion? Was that too much? The cloudlets above sing a round that lulls me into a new kind of sleep and I dream that I am already restored to my senses, but senseless in love. I know not what that means; it's a feeling I have.

    As we reach the towns and beyond these the cities, it is more a case of becoming a boat, or a ship, from which to salute the other farers of waterways and nod at them gravely: the river has turned so regal, so slow. Iím not sure I want this. Iím not sure Iím ready to leave him behind or see him head off, onto land, into the streets, the multitudes, to be what, a citizen? Like the others. I cling on to him, but he is no longer there, has he never existed at all?

    I refuse to panic and say to myself it's only a phase, it will pass, itís all in my imagination, soon Iíll wake up in the glacier, gazing at him by my side, and Iíll marvel at the tone of his skin and the glint in his eye and the nearly smile that says, I nearly get you, youíre not quite alone.

    I dream that Iím not alone and for a moment feel warm and the glow that encompasses me is enough for a while to soothe, to restore. We yield into the wide, and buoyed by the salt and cheered by the seagulls we stretch our limbs and with strong strokes make for the open, the free. I half expect a dolphin to greet us but it seems we are heading north, which is just as well. At least we are now at sea.

    Soon the seals and the icebergs. Iím not at home here, although the shades are familiar. I feel I have lost myself and I want not to mind. Heís in my head now, I in his body, and against all odds we're afloat, but are we together? I donít even know who he is. He is the Ice King, but Iíve turned him into a fish. That is not true, of course, I have turned him into a captain. I have not turned him into anything heís still the Ice King, but like me he is out of his element now and so he may just be a prawn. He may be a wave or a plastic bottle discarded in Old Amsterdam. He may be a thought or a lover. He may be my nemesis. Can he be my salvation?

    I want to say, Ďpolar bear, be not afraidí and mean it. Weíre here to help. The Ice King looks at me with compassion now, maybe for the very first time, and thinks a thought of astonishing beauty. This, I know, is the noble mind. And the thought alone that a thought can be beautiful and merely to know that a mind may be noble, that fills me with joy.



    from EDEN by FREI at www.EDENbyFREI.net

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    The Ice King Ė 4: The Word

    Hand in hand we walk north in the night now upon the ice that stretches ahead to the pole and beyond. Can there be a Beyond, beyond the pole? The penguins are asleep. They know not of The Ice King, they care not for me, their dreams are of flying turtles and jellyfish in repose. Above us the sky is a fantasy of too many colours, those yellows, those greens, those purples again, I have seen them before, I saw them, I'm sure, in the chamber, before, but here in the open we are naked and free.

    Naked we walk hand in hand on the ice that has no horizon, it just melds with the sky. It extends so far that the eye wants to rest but the light and the ions and the glow of the heart have emboldened us to go on. After the water, the land, and now the ice once again, only this is no glacier. This is the home of The Ice King, it is where he belongs. I'm not sure I should be here at all, but with his palm in mine and the steady sound of his breathing beside me I feel safe and assured. His step too is steady and strong, his eyes are determined now and his hair which I hadn't noticed before here in the open waves in the wind. The wind cuts our cheeks and our chests and our thighs and the ice is so cold that it burns the soles of our feet but we are not afraid and we are not tired and we are not alone: we have each other.

    I don't know what having The Ice King means or he having me. Are we one? I glance across to him as we stride and we are so far gone now the aurora has left us behind and all about are the stars: magnificent molecules in the sky. Never have I seen them so clear, nor so many. Numbers no-one can name. In the light of the night that is moonless and large The Ice King looks like an invisible force, a presence that cannot be known, that can only be sensed, that cannot be fathomed, it can only be lived. Am I living The Ice King?

    The Ice King inwardly laughs and his mirth appears on his lips as the memory of a trace of a smile. I love these lips and I have no regrets. I regret not kissing them, nor sailing on them to the pole nor listening to them now as he speaks. I do not hear what he says, the wind is too fierce, the snowy crystals it blasts our skin with too sharp, the tremor of thrill of being exposed to his world too intense for me to actually understand but the melody that emanates from his body and the idea that shines in his temple and the soul that has taken me on make me trust in his language, his word.

    His word that I do not now nor ever think I may comprehend grows in my brain a new constellation of axons and I tingle at the realisation that this is a new beginning, a whole new creation. I do not know what this is but I know it is good.



    from EDEN by FREI at www.EDENbyFREI.net

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    The Ice King Ė 5: The Pole

    At the pole the world finally stops. Respite at last. The world doesnít end, it ceases to turn. At the core of the axis there is no motion, there is only the centre, and the centre is both still and alive. Everything spins around us and we are the point that extends in no dimensions and all dimensions at once. Here in this space that has no expansion and no description and no volume and no coordinates we are at home and The Ice King rules: I am his. His court. His jester, his courtier. His subject. His servant. His chosen. His man. I do not want to be what The Ice King is and nor can I. Here the Ice is eternal for as long as Eternal exists and here it is ever in motion and here it is still absolutely, and here the snowflakes are effervescent sparkles in our mind which now is conjoined as one but not one alone but one that has in it the snowflakes like gossamer dust and the depths and the infinities of the sky in which there are stars that do not make sense any more than the snowflakes which they outnumber by magnitudes of improbable potentialities.

    I lie on the ice bed The Ice King has bid me repose on, as he stands on the edge of his universe overlooking everything with the eye of his mind which is my mind which is the mind of the snowflakes and the mind of the stars, which is the mind of the glacier, the river, the sea, which is the mind of the water, the air and the ions, which is the mind of the magnetic force of his presence and the electricity of my spirit, which is the mind of the other side and the this side and the mind of the shadow he casts not on the ice but into the core that has no expansion and no dimension and no rotation, and I know that soon I must leave him, but not now.

    Now The Ice King turns around to me and I see that he is made of ice as I thought. And the ice as I thought and as everyone knows before they are told is like fire and the fire is just the energy dying and the energy dying is the source of all life and life is preserved in the ice and the ice is nothing but water and water is living and living is knowing and knowing is forgiving and forgiving is patience and patience is growth and growth is taking the energy on and becoming the other and the other is just the extension and the extension is continuation and continuation is the reflection and the reflection is the same and the same is the all and the all is the now.

    I welcome The Ice King onto me with my eyes, and as he melts into my open armed, open ribbed, open mind being, I feel we are no longer one I feel we now simply are and having him having me makes the ice disappear and the fire burn out and the water rise up and the energy surge and the stillness the stillness prevail.

    I look down on the pole, spinning on my own axis as I lift up above, I see myself writhing and being consumed, I see The Ice King drowning me out and myself burn up in blue and greenpurple flames that dance on the water and I know now I know now I am.



    from EDEN by FREI at www.EDENbyFREI.net

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    I love the allusion to eternal stillness in movement:

    "At the pole the world finally stops. Respite at last. The world doesnít end, it ceases to turn. At the core of the axis there is no motion, there is only the centre, and the centre is both still and alive. Everything spins around us and we are the point that extends in no dimensions and all dimensions at once. Here in this space that has no expansion and no description and no volume and no coordinates we are at home and The Ice King rules: I am his. His court. His jester, his courtier. His subject. His servant. His chosen. His man."

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    thank you dreamwoven – you are a most generous reader!

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    The Ice King Ė 6: The Core

    Into the core I dissolve. I remember The Ice King, he lingers. In my body. In my senses. In my mind. In my nature. In my idiom. In my eyes. In my aptitudes. I was never like The Ice King at all yet I am he he is me, was that unavoidable? Down at the core of the centre of the stem of the flow of the pulse there is no movement, no stillness, no anger no pain. No cold and no ice and no view and no argument, no perspective. There is liquid lava only. The core is the place at which everything starts and everything comes together and everything ceases to be, and everything is alive but the heat melts molecules and causes nuclear fusions: itís as close as we get to the sun. The source. The energy.

    As I come up for air I realise to my joy Iím still breathing. In, breathing out. Im Atemholen sind zweierlei Gnaden. I remember things I never knew were instilled in me, but they, like The Ice King, remain, they are rooted, they grow. I grow. I grow out of the core and through the pole, and I form into something almost human. I laugh inside. Not happy, relieved. The fact alone that there is a core. That there is a pole. That there is a word. That there is a thought. That there is a kiss. That there is a chamber. That there is ice, that there is a king. That the king rules me because I want him to only. He has my permission. I am his subject, he is my servant. We get on swimmingly. Like happy spermatozoa we float in the semen of our need towards the egg of our imagination, flagella wagging, willing us on to imminent fertilisation. Often we fail. But we are not unique, we are two among millions and the consciousness from which we have squirted is generous, patient. There is more. There is plenty. We are not alone. We are not lost. We are not meaningless. We are not wasted.

    Up through the saltwater I burst, slithery wet and elated. If this is living Iíll have me some more of it, yes. The Ice King, serene now, regal, mischievous, hot, smiles at me knowingly. He knows me better than I care to admit, but I care not. I have him in my mind and he has me in his gonads. Together weíre strong. Let this be our universe. The force that holds us together may yet tear us apart, but for now there is only potential.

    Strengthened, revived, I emerge. The Ice King walks with me now, as I glide. I am The Ice King, I am the snowflake, I am The Snowflake Collector, the wonder and George. The innocence lost and found. The anguish, the great satisfaction. The invention. The story. I walk on an empty plane that extends into all directions without end. Absence of colour surrounds me. I have conquered my fear. Not lost it, not abandoned it, no: embraced it, loved it, wrestled it, made it my own. I am the master of that I create. I am god.

    I breathe in, I breathe out. I breathe in, I breathe out. The swirls of air from my mouth form undulations of flowers whose pollen disperse and populate the void. It is a paradise. It is rich. It is the land of beauty, abundance. This is where I belong; this is home.



    from EDEN by FREI at www.EDENbyFREI.net

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    The Ice King Ė 7: The Beginning

    The End. Stillness. Like Neptune viewed from a distance: all turmoil at bay. The Ice King and I are no more, we have surrendered our identity to being. We are both the particle and the wave. We float, directionless, emotionless in the cell that is our universe that in turn bobs like the tiniest bubble in amongst infinitudes of other universes. We are everything we can imagine and everything that we canít, nor can imagine could be imagined. There is no fear and no joy, no pain and no longing, no aching desire for love, for compassion, for that which is and remains unattainable, or what we already have, there is a bliss only that simply pervades.

    Out of the nothing that is everything that is the blue that is the colourless white darkness that is the presence of invisible energy comes the spark of an idea and the idea is a signal that we're alive. We are animated, willing. I had forgotten the idea as I had forgotten the toenail as I had forgotten the mole on my chest and my glasses. The Ice King sits facing me in the open space, we seem to be circling, swirling away from our sun. His smile now is knowing and satisfied. I see myself reflected in him though I know I look nothing like him and with this recognition comes a new kind of want, a new kind of need, a new kind of desire. I stand up and as I do so so does he and I look him in the eyes Ė wherein lie worlds and histories, characters and motions, achievements and hours of unspeakable pleasure Ė and I offer him my hand. He takes it. We acknowledge each other, I him, he me. The grip of his hand is soft and firm like his skin like his heart like his glans like his lips like his medial plantar and I inhale him once more ere go.

    I leave rich, filled with power. As I walk through space past the planets that are merely pebbles I pick up the garments his tailors have woven throughout the centuries and I put on those that take my fancy, those of my choosing, those I accept as my attire. I leave all the rest. I leave him behind not with disregard or as obsolescence but in love. The love I bear him I now bear myself and I bear it out into the nerve ends of Laniakea and beyond. I fill my universe with this love, I pervade the dark matter and the light, I become that I am that I am.

    I donít stride, I donít float, donít proceed: I expand, I infuse. Somebody walking by says to me, in the casual, friendly manner that raises no eyebrow, Ďall right?í and I know this is not a question, nor is it an observation, it is an invitation. I smile at him with kindness and wisdom. With love. Not of my doing but of my being, not my desert but my gift. Not my accomplishment not my credit and not my reward. My absorption, my purpose, my meaning. And I answer his invitation, Ďall right?íÖ


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    The Ice King as an 'EDEN miniatures' Paperback

    Hello Friends

    If you've enjoyed reading The Ice King, it may interest you to know that I've now published it as a handsome little paperback in what will be the EDEN miniatures series: several short stories and texts from EDEN by FREI, which this also originated from. The idea is to make them available for people who enjoy a physical book as much as the words, so they're a compact six by four inch format, generously laid out for a comfortable read, and this one's less than five dollars.

    You'll find it on Amazon here, or if you want to support your local bookstore, you can also order it through them with ISBN 978-1-64255-445-8.

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    And of course if you just want to read the story you can continue to do so here or over at EDEN by FREI.

    Thanks & Enjoy

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    Good. A bit mystical in the language. Full of sentences that seem meaningless.
    >>. Not of my doing but of my being, not my desert but my gift.

    Means nothing to me. At least not until I've read it five times. Which makes reading it awkward. I tend therefore not to bother deciphering your puzzles. If I ever managed it. But that's just me. If you want to write for the 1 percent that's up to you. More like the 1 percent of the 1 percent though. Best not tell any future publisher that. I understand you need to make your story more powerful by employing powerful tricks like mystical sounding tangles of sentences regarding awareness of self and how ambiguous it can be. Take it away and you have a cold walk in the snow. Maybe I'm jaded. Eroding my sense of self is a hobby. The nothingness, the cold, at the centre of our being. I employ tricks. But only by accident. That's what happens when you let your subconscious write your stories. Be warned. I think your subconscious wrote most of your story.

    I don't think the sexual elements fit the feel of the story. You've brought the reader to the brink of spirit and thrown in some porn. Maybe you meant to snatch away the heaven and give them earth again. Maybe you are trying to form an Ouroboros. Maybe I understand your story. Maybe too much. At least it wasn't mundane.
    I can't think if I've read a story like it. Maybe Neil Gaiman would have had a crack at it once. It had a neomythical bent. A big one. The Ice King would fit into Gaiman's SANDMAN pantheon.
    I do wonder if it ever left the realm of metaphor. It seems to be a story about melting someone's heart who is not apt to. Then it is a love story. But then the hero seemed to replace the Ice King. Or become comparable. Empowered by an impossible love? Transformed by a God? A religious parable then. Wasn't The Devil at the icy depths of Hell in Dante's Inferno? Or am I misremembering? I seem to recall his penis was pretty chilly and possibly the source of the freeze.
    Maybe its about a guy becoming gay, turned that way by a metaphysical being. You should read the graphic novel ENIGMA by Peter Milligan. He tackles the same subject.

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    Thanks so much, Danik. Beautiful story, the best part for me He is wearing no clothes but itís clear that heís warm; heís in his element: he is The Ice King, and he doesnít beckon or smile: he stands at the end of the hall that is lined with blue-sheened green walls of ice. They look soft, insubstantial, but they are hard as stone,

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    Arenīt you confusing me with Frei, who is the author of the story?
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