AnElephantCant ride on a horsey
He is too monumentally heavy for that
They have not built the saddle
He can comfortably straddle
He just leaves the poor gee gee squashed flat
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AnElephant’s choice of prompt this week is:
It is not enough to know how to ride – you must also know how to fall. – Mexican Proverb
His piece uses the quote analogously.
He is unsure of what has disturbed his sleep, but finds his room stuffy.
He opens the French windows for air.
Although it is mid-November the night air is only cool, without the biting chill of his homeland.
He steps out, naked, onto the terrasse.
The night is calm, almost preternaturally so.
The tree tops are silent, still.
He is at peace with the world.
The night sky is clear, free from any light pollution.
The stars are wondrous to behold.
His eyes search immediately for Orion, quickly finding the asterism that is his belt.
He is amused that the great hunter is far from upright, his head seemingly far to the west of his feet.
He stands for maybe ten minutes, gazing at the sky, amazed that the light cast by the stars is enough to make his surroundings – trees, buildings, and hills – discernible in a night without moonlight.
When he at last feels a shiver he returns to his bed, leaving the doors wide open.
He remembers what he gave up to be here, the pain that he, and others, felt at his departure.
He knows it had to be so.
He sleeps dreamlessly for four soul-soothing hours.
the hunter watches
the sleeper sleeps peacefully
the world is in balance