Noman the Stylite….1.

The stylites were early christian saints, who spent their lives sitting on top of pillars.   Usually they had a platform of sorts.  I first encountered Noman the Stylite when I was writing a surreal foofurah called Hunting Tygers out of Injah.  In that strange concoction Noman was accompanied by a mongander, my term for  a male mongoose.  The name Noman comes from the Odyssey, it being the name Odysseus gave to himself when dealing with Polyphemus the Cyclops.  Anyway…I have, from time to time, written little spliffs about Noman, in the style of sufi tales.   Here is one.  I shall produce more, as the spirit moves me.

Noman the Stylite had many critics.  He dealt with them all the very same way.

One would come to him, and say,   “Hey why don’t you get a regular job?”,  and Noman the Stylite would simply smile and say “It is written.”  And the questioner would walk away, satisfied.

Another would say: “Found the meaning of life, yet, holy man?”  and Noman the Stylite would simply smile and say “It is written.” And the questioner would walk away, satisfied.

Another would say: “Why do you not shave your head, like other holy men?” to which Noman the Stylite would simply smile and say “It is written”. And the questioner would walk away, satisfied.
To all such questions, Noman the Stylite would answer with a smile and “it is written.”  And the querrents would walk away, satisfied.

Noman would watch them go, and smile, and shake his head, and say:  “They never ask Where?”

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