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deep in the meadow, there is a box.

it contains a letter.

the letter is from a man who never had a name. i like to think he was not a handsome man, but gorgeous in ways undetected by the path of average society. his eyes were always puffy from crying and his lips were always swollen from chewing but his heart was always locked away like only the heart of a beautiful man could be.

deep in the meadow, past the rotting remains of an oxen cart that maybe used to carry turnips from the mountains to the valley towns for market selling. or maybe it was goat milk. or hawks' eggs. past the rotting cart and past the abandoned house with no chimney, the box can be found in the tree stump of a huge old maple among termites and ants and wasps that have overtaken the old tree as a way of reclaiming the earth. it's funny how life has a circularity that way. what once belonged to only the tree itself was taken by man, and once man passes by onto the next land, insects and birds move in to benefit from what man left behind. it's a refreshing cycle.

the box is not ornate or decorated, but it is sturdy and untouched by the sensual pincers of termites. it is a well- made box. not the kind that holds sin or treasures or secrets, just a letter that no one bothers to hear anymore.

i've read the letter many times, as has my whole village. but i've never seen anyone live like it was true; i've never seen anyone change the way they brush their hair or make their soup or buy their clothes because of this letter.

i know the letter is true, and that's why i built the box.
what is the letter?
what is the box?

2012
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Jonah by ~emo-black-cat ( Featured by neurotype )
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kaleidoscopial Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
ASDFGHJKL;KHJGFJDFHSIJOILBEAKGFDHXOUSFZVIYHCDIO;FKE CS

I CAN'T BREATHE OMG I JUST AHGEOA;RJGOIEHGJRF I KNEW YOU'DGET ONE ONE DAY I CAN'T REBATHE


CHARI S I'M SO PROUDS O F YOU
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emo-black-cat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
WHAT THE FUCK
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kaleidoscopial Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I DON'T KNOW ODN'T YOU TAKE THIS FOR GRANDTED ITS ABOTU DAMNT IME
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bluevelvetwings Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's amusing how puzzled everyone is when the answer is so obvious, but I think that's kind of beautiful. If this is meant to be a riddle, well, I think I've figured it out.
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It-is-the-blue-jay Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thinks of the doctor
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emo-black-cat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I APPRECIATE THIS COMMENT MORE THAN MOST.
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It-is-the-blue-jay Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh
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thepoweroflogic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...woah. that sound you hear is my blown mind hitting the wall, very intriguing.
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madhatterkyoko Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Wow, this sounds like a prequel or start of a story, and I would keep reading. :heart:
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Riki-Kurotora Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing wow
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liongirl88 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh my god... this is amazing...

it really makes you wonder...

who is the man, and what purpose does he have??
what does mother nature have to do with the man? where did he go?
what does the letter say, why would anything change because of it?

even thought you wonder as you read... in the end it doesn't really matter, you do not need to get answers... cause really.... it is as you say...

it's why you built the box... 


I was totally blown away... amazing
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Rai-Knightshade Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not entirely sure what I just read, but I know it was awesome.
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Kokorococoa Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Is the piece the letter? Is the letter written into the inner walls of the box? Is the writer the man who wasn't handsome? If so, why is it called Jonah? Is this even meant to be a riddle in the first place? I don't get it, but I like it.
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Karinta Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student General Artist
What the hell is in the letter?? :hmm:
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SuperKitty99 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
WOW! :iconilavplz:
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JWA2277 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Dear me what could it be... a letter in a box, built by someone and written by a man of no letter?

Well written and good riddle... I will give it some thought.

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Ganjamira Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:clap: Gorgeous work! Reminds me of the game "NIER - Gestalt" x3
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day and Happy New Year! :party:
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introverted-ghost Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013   Writer
This is lovely. Subtle yet poignant.
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ARTSave17 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Writer
So the Narrator is the Man who never had a name.He built the Box and wrote the letter.What is written in the letter is the whole story that we have just read.

Am I write? Yes or No
If YES thank you for agreeing with me If not then what is your view of the story or your own opinion of it.

It sounds to me that he tried to change the peoples lives by writing but never succed.

The sentences 'it's funny how life has a circularity that way. what once belonged to only the tree itself was taken by man, and once man passes by onto the next land, insects and birds move in to benefit from what man left behind. it's a refreshing cycle. " might be the life cycle of that Man or his village.It could also mean that the whole village including him is dead.

"the box is not ornate or decorated, but it is sturdy and untouched by the sensual pincers of termites. it is a well- made box. not the kind that holds sin or treasures or secrets, just a letter that no one bothers to hear anymore"
Could mean that he's already dead and that nobody remembers him.
It could also mean that no one bothers to see if the box and the letter is there.
This also might be a Folklore like a ghost of a man who haunts the person who read the letter etc.

"i know the letter is true, and that's why i built the box."
this somehow proves the Folklore theory and that whole village including him is dead and built the box to seal the cursed letter Or that the whole village immigrated then the box with letter is left in the middle of the meadows.
This is only my Theory and Opinion if you somehow have a correction feel free to reply cause I would likely be gald to hear it.
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emo-black-cat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice theorizing. (:
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ARTSave17 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Writer
thank you :D
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JWA2277 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

IS a good theory but I think it s simpler than that ... and if it holds no sin we can rule out a coffin, or curse!

however, other than the reference to termites, it does not say its a wooden box.... only that it was built.... or by who.


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kaitoupirate Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As much as I enjoyed reading this (lovely imagery!) I don't seem to understand the twist at the end. Is the narrator the one that wrote the letter?
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fredalistair Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Oooooooo, good brain twister there.
:)
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Flynt126 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I love that twist you throw in at the end. Very nice
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