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Topic: Write for the BIOGRAPHICAL Genre (12/04/14)
- TITLE: Asprin
By Dawn Winston
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We called him Asprin as he took them constantly. We may have well as called him No-Doz. He always came just short of overdosing. We only knew him in summer camp as the intensely quiet boy. The only thing we knew about him was that he was brilliant, hilarious, and he watched his father be tied to a chair to prevent injury during delirium tremors.
He did spot on impressions of leaders and students in the camp and the more off beat townies. His angst was palpable a room away.
I met him later as a young adult. His long blond hair was even longer and he was very tall and fit. He talked about plans to open a night club. He spoke about a dream he had about an encounter with an evil force that was too clear and real to him. He spoke about reading passages from the satanic bible with a friend. He spoke about his endless sexual exploits and the appearance of wealth necessary to attract this steady supply of girls. He spoke of physically smashing mirrors that stared back at him with loathing and guilt.
I gave him a word of God from Genesis. He smiled and nodded. He was proud of and took comfort in his Catholic roots. Then why did it not take, I wondered. In what world is cataloguing your sexual exploits compatible with knowing God’s truth? How could he have such an air of delightful innocence about sleeping with so many and toying with demonic sources?
Then he gave me a heavy gold chain. “I cannot accept it, “I protested.
“I stole from a voodoo priest my sister was sleeping with.” He grinned.
“It’s just got energy in it. It has a LOT of energy in it. You can use it.”
“That’s terrible though… Bad energy!”
“Energy is energy.”
And that was it. Energy is energy. Good is bad, bad is good. My beautiful friend was caught in a form of relativism. His fantastic potential was bound in sin and delusion. His faith was muddied and coexisted with strange and dangerous thoughts and actions.
Pray for the lost youth and their potential.
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