Cherries For Cinderella
by Eric Whollem
Republic of the Moon
Edition of 100, plus ten artist's proofs
Copyright by the artist
Orphic Iconography in the Stamps From the Moon
Excerpts from the writings of Quantus Qwo
Postmaster General of the Republic of the Moon
Amongst the Loonar propensities reflected in the stamp issues
of our noble Republic, is the desire to preserve the rites of earthly
A few observations on this stamp's symbology:
Here the mysterious Medusa is flanked by two harpies, protectors of
the Orphic Rites. Those not initiated into the mysteries perhaps
will never quite comprehend how Medusa has been transformed into
Cinderella. This is as it should be, as that which is arcane is best
preserved by mystery expressed in terms of mystery. Are philatelists
alone among those who may have penetrated this Mystery?
The Cinderella story as told to Loonese children is a bit different
than that which may have been told to children on earth hundreds
of years ago. The pumpkin carriage of the old tale has now become
an airtight space module. The prince has become the Vice President
of the Moon. The Ball has become a Hip Hop fete. Other than these
minor details, the story still holds. And it's moral stands true.
The cherries are not charred and blackened due to freezer burn, as
apocryphal versions of the tale that have appeared. Images in our
Loonar historical archives show Washington cutting down a
cherry tree with red cherries, but encyclopedists note that there
actually used to be black cherries on the earth. Some cherries
were named after a famous pop singer from the 1940's, who went
by the way of Bing. Earthly vegetation seems curious to those of us
on the Moon.
The trappings of the old story thus have been slightly modified, but
we can safely say the story in essence has been preserved. As I am
supreme postal authority on the Moon, few can doubt this.
Perhaps it is unfortunate that few seem to bother. But those who
have carefully perused the archives of the Rocky and Bullwinkle
Show on Youtube, will find certain evidence that I have fully
researched the fragments of relevant fairy lore in accordance with
the most accepted versions available.
From 'Lunar Civilization' by Quantus Qwo
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