History of Porl

Let us paint you a picture. The year is 2001. Two young school girls, wishing they had a bigger role in the annual school show, sing their part* over and over again in the dimly lit drama changing rooms. Inspired by the very fact that things exist, they ponder: Imagine a creature with… the head of a lizard and the body of a horse. Is it a horse with a lizard’s head? Or is it a lizard with a horse’s body? No, they decide, it is neither! It is… ‘Paul’, no wait… ‘Porl!’ He is not a horse, he is not a lizard. He simply has a horse’s body and a lizard’s head. That’s all there is to it… for now.

A year later, one unimpressed Laura draws Porl roasting on a spit. A spit! A challenge is set and we endeavour to tell one person a day of Porl’s wonderful existence to rectify his sacrificial burning.

An interested Suzie asks if she can draw him, and she goes on to produce a depiction of Porl so compelling and obscure that we are forced to consider, “Perhaps Porl isn’t who we thought he was? Who can possibly capture his true likeness?” Within a few days we acquire 30 drawings. Why stop now when they are all so different and bizarre? Our task is set: 100 Porls before the year is through. One thing leads to another and six and a half years after Porl’s original conception, we finally achieve our final, glorious, goal:

ONE THOUSAND Porls

…and all because Laura drew him roasting on a spit…

Porl roasting on an open fire

*To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

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