Friday, September 12, 2008

Quiet Jim

“The trouble with believing in reincarnation,” said Quiet Jim. “Is that once you’ve been reborn a couple of times you can’t not believe in it.”

“What?” Pete Carpenter took a sip of his pint. “You’ve lived before, you mean?”

“Of course. Haven’t you?”

“Not that I know of.” Pete frowned. “Did you go to one of them hypnotists and find out you was Henry the eighth or something?”

“No. I was just born with all the memories of my former lives,” said Jim. “I wasn’t anyone famous or nothing. I was a private in the trenches in 1917 and got killed by a bomb, and a steelworker in the forties, until the factory got bombed.”

“That’s amazing,” said Pete. “What have you learned, over your three lifetimes?”

“That I always end up with the same woman,” said Quiet Pete, “and that suicide bombers get reincarnated.”


aims said...


Is that why he's quiet? Many years of being with the same woman?

I think I've definitely lived before. I realized just the other day that when we were in New Orleans - I felt like I had come home. I know you know what I mean.

Leatherdykeuk said...

As have I, I believe. I remember a couple of deaths.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Oh noooo... couldn't suicide bombers be the only ones who don't get reincarnated? Oh. Guess not.

Leatherdykeuk said...

I think that is their punishment, to remember.

DJ Kirkby said...

Superb closing sentence!

Leatherdykeuk said...

Risque, i thought - I didn't want to offend anyone.