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The Town on the Shore of the Sea at the End of the World

October 27, 2011

There is a place where the world ends. Should you go far enough to the west you shall find that it soon grows cold and most likely it shall start to rain. You shall find forests where the ground is perpetually wet and should you venture far enough the rain shall slow, becoming a constant drizzle that falls without end. Should you push forward you shall come to an ocean that is all grey and in the skies shall forever be clouded grey and at the edge of the ocean you shall find a grey town fit to house not more than 50 people. The people that live here are not brown skinned like you or me, or burned red like the strange people of the south but ashen grey. They wear black and white clothes, they buckle their hats with dulled steel and their eyes are, to a man watery blue. There is a shipyard and a few houses and an inn which is a free house. They speak a strange language if at all and it is incomprehensible to us, it seems to shift and change from day to day. They seem to eat no food save the berry of the thorny bushes that grow wild in these parts and they drink nothing save rainwater. The beds are grey and comfortable and the berries are tart and refresh the mind. The people are of unintelligible age, they could be anywhere from 20 to 50. They will build you a ship from the trees that grow around the town should you indicate that you wish to leave. The trees are grey and the leaves are the color of silver, the wood inside is white. There is always a wind blowing inland, as if to warn one not to leave.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2011 12:26 pm

    I would love to visit the world’s end. You make it a far more attractive place than the team of Pirates of the Caribbean did! By the way, Salim, I really think Haruki Murakami and you should meet. If I knew him personally, I would insist he visited you. You have – while being very different – the same eye for detail, the same penchant for the blurred corners of the horizon.

  2. November 21, 2011 10:30 am

    Oh thanks, I didn’t mean to though, not so much anyways.

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