Today’s Meditation, from Travis Antosh, has a title: This Garden Will Grow Without You.
In the intro, Travis writes of a former relationship that began the day after Valentine’s Day. The intro is written in second-person, but if the other Meditations are anything to go by I’m inclined to believe it’s Travis’ own personal experience.
That said, I’m not sure how literally to take the concept. “Now you tend to this place alone,” Travis writes. “Turn on all of the fountains, and wait. Walk. See what blooms. Move on to a new garden when you are ready.”
The game – made in PICO-8 – is a garden. The dark colours and choice of music seem sinister to me, so maybe it’s not a happy garden. You walk a character around, turning on fountains, while flowers grow. Importantly, the flowers grow without the fountains. So is the “you” in “This Garden will Grow Without You” the protagonist? Or is it the other person in the relationship, now gone?
And is the garden a literal garden that two people used to tend together? Or is it a representation of something within the protagonist that will grow and heal without that ex-partner? “Move on to a new garden when you are ready,” concludes the intro, but when you leave the garden your character fades away.