The One-Hundredth Goliath: a short story

The One-Hundredth Goliath: a short story
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Genre: Short Story
Publisher: Hot Water Press
Length: short story

What if Michelangelo carved Goliath instead of David?

What would it look like? What would it be worth?

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In the rundown squalor of old industrial Albuquerque, New Mexico, the nephew of a modest sculptor awakens from a fifteen-year trance. He had witnessed a David-and-Goliath battle, only Goliath had won. His own half-sister had been the innocent victim, destroyed by a Goliath of a man with the face of his uncle. But his uncle was innocent, and had spent his life mourning the murder of the little girl by carving nothing but replicas of Michelangelo’s Davids.

After the boy awakened, everything changed. He accused his uncle of the murder. Destroyed all his works of David in progress. Acquisitioned the biggest piece of pristine marble in his uncle’s shop and began to create a statue of Goliath worthy of Michelangelo.

When the international art world discovered his work, his reputation skyrocketed. He fed the frenzy by announcing he would create only one hundred Goliaths and no more.

One of the world’s richest men commissioned the final Goliath to scale of Michelangelo’s original David, using a piece of marble too large for his uncle’s studio, so they set it outside. The whole world watched as the boy, now a famous young man, carved the One-Hundredth Goliath.

From the Author

Since the first moment I became aware of Michelangelo’s David, I’ve wondered why he didn’t create a Goliath to match. Wouldn’t he have at least thought about it? Wanted to? He must have. A David without a Goliath is like a one-party political system, a see- without a -saw. The fulcrum lies between the two and they each rely on the other for their ultimate identities.Likewise an artist who creates only Davids is like a one-armed sculptor, lopsided, out of balance. It would take an artist who creates Goliaths to complete the symmetry, connect the one-armed to the two-armed.
Cowtown’s mother is not alone in seeing Anasazi ghosts. Most of the native cultures in and around the area of the Anasazi stomping ground have stories of a powerful, often negative, energy that emanates from their ancient sites, particularly Chaco Canyon. Something bad happened there. Cowtown’s one-armed father would have fit right in.
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