Sunday, April 15, 2012

Heebee Post #754 - Vizma Bruns - Waitpinga, South Australia - Australia

 Although the identity of the artist isn't revealed on this entertaining postcard - It feels like Vizma Bruns furthering her cry of the Squid! This giant Calamari card, or any mention of the like, rarely fails to remind me of the very strange encounter that was put to word by Herman Melville in "Moby Dick":
Daggoo, the lookout, stationed atop the main-mast-head in the Crow's Nest had cried out,  mistakenly, "There, there again! She breaches! The White Whale"!

"The four boats were soon on the water; Ahab's in advance, and all swiftly pulling towards their prey. Soon it went down, and while, with oars suspended, we were awaiting its reappearance, lo! in the same spot where it sank, once more it slowly rose. Almost forgetting for the moment all thoughts of Moby Dick, we now gazed at the most wondrous phenomenon which the secret seas have hitherto revealed to mankind. A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-color, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to catch at any hapless object within reach. No perceptible face or front did it have; no conceivable token of either sensation or instinct; but undulated there on the billows, an unearthly, formless, chance-like apparition of life.
As with a low sucking sound it slowly disappeared again, Starbuck still gazing at the agitated waters where it had sunk, with a wild voice exclaimed- "Almost rather had I seen Moby Dick and fought him, than to have seen thee, thou white ghost!"

"What was it, Sir?" said Flask.

"The great live squid, which, they say, few whale-ships ever beheld, and returned to their ports to tell of it."

But Ahab said nothing; turning his boat, he sailed back to the vessel; the rest as silently following."
Sorry folks, I couldn't resist. Most people that read Moby Dick don't even remember the Squid. Amazing!
Vizma, of course, makes her post card reference to the "Squid Patrol" card I had sent her not long ago. Thank you very much V. Be seeing you in the mail!

1 comment:

  1. No squid in my memories of Moby Dick. Well spotted.