The following is in response to Roland Flint‘s “His Oyster.”
This fun piece of flash prose sheds new light on the old adage “the world is your oyster.” The tension in the piece is obviously that “He” is unable to open this oyster, the stress building as he tries to pry it open with his knife and by banging a rock against it. The complexity lies, with the sentence that starts “He takes a stone…[and ends]…by Christ is open wide.” In his frustration we get the abstractions of violence, pride, anger, and faith—virtues that the speaker feels the character should learn.
What He learns instead is the “horseshit of inwit” and “the agenbite and fuck you of fantasy”—this is the turning point of the story. The intense phrase “tighter than a bull’s ass in fly-time” is indicative of Flint’s humorous and real-to-life prose-style. Within this short there is a hidden message: everyone has potentials, but you can’t chase them or force them into fruition because that’s not how things work; or at least that’s my take on it.