Gnosticism [Hellenistic Alexandria] #flash fiction #short prose #excerpt

He was a gnostic par excellence. He loved Hellenistic Alexandria, a place where syncretism, with its unbelievable superposition of religions, grew like oyster mushrooms. Think fleshy greyish-brown, yellow, and pink colors one on top of each other.

During winters, the ghosts of the Alexandrian carnival, inscribed in colored tiles, mesmerized him. They lived in his mind like relics in churches, wrapped in scents of myrrh, overwhelmed by veneration, buried under the kisses and the requests of those who believed in miracles.

Carnival: late Latin expression meaning carne levare, “remove meat.” Some will say “farewell to meat.”

Ah, the famous libertinism of Carpocrates. He did not believe in it. The sweetness of the flesh meant little to him. And I am coming to what you want to know, am I not? You want to know why he loved me so much and how he conceived of our relationship.

Turn around. Breathe the smell of grass growing on old tombs: tombs of saints, madmen, oracles. Remember, the wish to die is as natural as erotic impulses.

I will blindfold you. You will take your shirt off. I will drop on your chest the unadulterated coolness of the morning dew.

In silence I will shade my skin between the gates of heaven and those of hell.  The sun will set on my plump and humid lips.  You can touch my waist with the fingers of your right hand. You can go down to the middle of my left thigh. You cannot deviate.  I am forever yours if the tip of your fingers can read the patterns inscribed on my thigh. Do it and I will kill his memory.

What is going to happen if you cannot read with the tip of your fingers? Oh, I’ve always believed that after death souls go to the moon.

Your call.

For crying out loud, I am joking. Stop looking at my legs.
I know you love me. He loved me too. I am who I am and who I am is hidden from view.
Now, can I get a drink from the bar? And really those devil eggs look so good.

excerpt from my book in progress: Remembrance of Love [working title]

My book, Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, can be ordered here.
Thank you.

@short-prose-fiction (Gabriela Marie Milton)

89 thoughts on “Gnosticism [Hellenistic Alexandria] #flash fiction #short prose #excerpt

  1. Oh my dear Gabriela, I have no words! This piece was spectacular! Absolutely breathtaking. Every single word is magical. I am not able to put my feelings in words right now. I was blown away. This was marvellous! So really amazing! You are so very talented❤❤

    Sending you lots of love and hugs😘💕

    1. My dearest Ishita,

      You made me blush. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful words. I am thrilled you enjoyed the piece. Your praise humbles me beyond words. I do not know what else to say. THANK YOU AGAIN.
      Sending you hugs and love.

    1. My dearest Brad,
      Thank you so much. You’ve always been more than kind to me. I am deeply grateful to you.
      I am very sorry for being so slow on reading your posts. I miss reading you, therefore I plan to read you soon.
      Have a beautiful evening Brad. An evening filled with love.

  2. Dearest Button I want to hear more of this story. It ends too soon. Brilliant work my dear friend. There is so much religious history captured in this flash fiction piece. One that makes us want to understand this woman much more. I hope you write a second piece. Was she an enlightened one who was no longer trapped by the evil walls of this world. Amazing writing beautiful Button, so much symbolic meaning to this piece. I love its brilliant ending, asking for a devil egg and a drink. I love the challenge of reading the pattern on her thigh. A touch of seduction done with layers and interwoven with historical reference. Another brilliant piece. Hope you are having a blessed week filled with rest and more of this inspiration Button. Love and hugs 🌸🌺❤️honeybun

    1. My dear huneybun,
      Thank you so much for your magnificent words and sorry for my late reply. Your words mean the world to me. I am glad you enjoyed the piece.
      ‘I hope you write a second piece.” I do have other pieces that will go in the book. However, I am going to share more before the book is ready.
      Honeybun I hope you are having a fantastic week: a week that showers you with magic and blessings.
      Sending you plenty of ;love
      G (button)

      1. You are so welcome, it is my pleasure. I am glad there will be more hints of what’s to come. I will be anxiously waiting to read each piece. Hope your days are filled with lots of love, blessings and joy beautiful Button. With hugs 🤗 honeybun

    1. Thank you so much Eric. Your wonderful comment made my evening. Very grateful for it. I hope summer in England feels great.

  3. Oh my…absolutely gorgeous lines…sensual…seductive….romantic….beautiful shades….crazy phrases….devil egg & then that drink….You’re simply an amazing poet dear Gabriela!!

    1. My dearest Navin,
      Thank you so much for your splendid comment. You surely know how to touch my heart and you take my breath away with your words.
      Get ready to catch all the love and happiness that I am sending to you and to those you love.

      1. Just like you know how to touch mine….and others’ with your beautiful lines…I’m simply loving your amazing rhymes….every single time, they become so alive….thank you for sending all your love & happiness….I did catch ’em….sending love & peace your way….much love

      2. Typos : Just like you TO know how YOU touch mine….just realized it….but I know you did understand what I meant 🙏

      3. I certainly did. Thank you so much Navin. I am still in vacation so I apologize for not visiting your site lately. I miss the beauty and passion of your poems. I will be visiting with you soon. Sending you more love 💐🤗💕🌸❤️

  4. Gabriela. I love this so much… it is so clever and layered with history and religion – fragranced with it in ways that transport me to places I want to stay and understand and learn about. It shows such breadth of your knowledge but also such mastery of dialogue and intrigue with your characters. The way it is written as though the ‘you’ is your reader is so intimate. And when it gets serious it becomes also playful, all of a sudden we are back in the moment needing a ‘devil’ egg and a drink. As though your character got carried away by her passions and then suddenly felt she had to draw herself back to reality. Like the emotion of a memory was too much. I don’t think we can read this with the tips of our fingers, we need to read it with our hearts and souls.

    “I am who I am and who I am is hidden from view.
Now, can I get a drink from the bar?“

    I will drink to that. Brunello di Montalcino, two glasses please.

    1. My beautiful and fabulous Rachel,
      I am sending you sunshine and boats (always something about boats 🙂 ) filled with love. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
      “I don’t think we can read this with the tips of our fingers, we need to read it with our hearts and souls.” I am listening to you. You made me happy. I am there on that shore. If it’s cold I will try to bring you warmth. If it feels lonely I will try to chase the loneliness away. If you are happy, which I hope you are sweetheart, I will partake in your happiness.
      ” Brunello di Montalcino, two glasses please.” One for me and one for you or both of them for you?

      1. G, you warmed my heart and lifted my spirits here sweetheart, thank you. You also made me laugh “One for me and one for you or both of them for you?” Well, I do like that wine but I’d like it more if I could share it with my dear friend Gabriela.

        I hope you’re having a wonderful vacation. You’re never very far from my thoughts. Sending you a whole lot of love, red roses, and some chocolate after dinner mints xoxoxoxo

  5. Absolutely fascinating and magnificent, gorgeous story!!! 😍😍😍
    I’m totally fascinated, your fabulous writing touched my heart and my soul!!! 😍❤️❤️❤️
    I love so much your writings!!! 👏👏👏💕
    I send you a very big hug full of affection!!!! 🤗💖😘❤️

    1. Aw… thank you from the bottom of my heart Ely. You are like a morning sun. You bring love and happiness.
      Sending you plenty of hugs and hearts and smiles… all the good things in the world.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am ok. I hope you are ok too. I am going to check to see if WP disconnected me from you because I did not see any posting from you in a long time.

  6. you have opened up a new world to me, shown me another form of beauty, and words have deeper meaning – Gabriela, you are truly a gifted writer, your words touch my soul

    1. Gina, what a wonderful comment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤️🌸💕🤗💐🌹

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so humbled by your kindness and your support.

    1. Rene, I am humbled by your gorgeous words. I do not know how the book will be received but you are making my day brighter. Love and hugs to you 🤗🌸💕🌺

      1. Sweetheart thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s going to be a while till I finish this one 💐🌹😊🌺🌷🥰

      2. Thank you so much Rene. Have a fabulous evening 🌹🤗🌺🌸💕💐🌿

    1. AW… KATY! THANK YOU SO MUCH. You are a gem. I am so glad you enjoyed it.
      Sending you plenty of love and hugs!

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