Karagöz has been heckling me for weeks, saying things like “Vote your conscience, and wreak havoc!” M. agrees with the first part of the sentence, but not the second, I think Karagöz has been whispering in his ears at night again.
As for the rest of the Karagöz puppets, now that I am off the computer most of the time, they have mastered the art of the iPad, and are searching up a storm about how the U.S. presidential candidates would impact the Ottoman Empire…if only they really understood that those days are *over* – they are a little confused. Safiye Rakkase, the vainglorious dancing girl, explains she will vote for Obama because he and his wife have the best dance moves and that Mrs. O. has the best clothes. Esma rolls her eyes at that.
Overall, the majority of the Karagöz puppet troupe have decided on their candidate after consulting the works of Rumi, and have taken to parading around the house yelling “Gobama!” on an endless, cacophonous basis. They are, of course, inspired by the Million Puppet March, in honor of PBS and Big Bird (see links below).
“What was it,” I asked quietly, “that you read in Rumi’s work that made you decide on Obama?”
“It was this quote,” Esma the hippie puppet said, pointing to the book on my nightstand, “right here:”
“People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another.”
“Obama seemed as though he looked at himself the most.”
…and now that *that* is settled, how shall I break it to them that they are not eligible to vote today?
- Love letter #2: To Andrew Lang of fairytale anthology fame (elizcameron.com)
- Million Puppet March — Puppets Invade DC … Don’t Cut Our Strings!!! (tmz.com)
- Puppets Pissed at Romney for Threatening to Kill Big Bird; March on Washington (alternet.org)
- Puppets go on the march in fight for public broadcasting (independent.co.uk)
- Can A Million Puppets All Be Wrong? (thebigquestions.com)