Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sleep - 2





A thousand sparkling diamonds encrust a sky of jet. Icy particles on grass beneath my feet glisten in the eerie light of a shimmering silver moon. I should sleep. But if I did I would be deprived this secret miracle of nature.


A distant hoot of a night owl breaks the deafening silence, and a rabbit darts hither and thither on its zig-zag route. The green eyes of a fox stare straight into mine as it stands motionless, balanced on three legs. If I were asleep, the world of the night would carry on regardless. I would be unaware of it. It would be unaware of me.


Eyes heavy, legs leaden, I reluctantly wend my way to my bed. I open wide the curtains and lay looking out through frozen panes of glass to the place I’ve just discovered. It will have gone when I awake. The calm of the night replaced by the bustle of the day.

And so to sleep wishing I was a creature of the night.

Wishing, sleeping.

17 comments:

  1. I am a creature of the night. I am impressed you have two offerings for the sleep prompt. I just finished mine - only one!

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  2. That's almost romantic this description of the night and the feel of it. Very nice Keith.

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  3. See, now THAT's why I never want to go to sleep at night. Who knows what magic I might miss.

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  4. What an interesting thought Keith! I love driving at night, especially in the country lanes where we live...most nights I'll see a fox or a badger or a rabbit- or even a deer.

    I have always found the nighttime very mystical. I would far rather camp out and watch for the animals than sleep!

    Always enjoy reading here- thanks!

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  5. Thoughtful post! I especially liked
    'If I were asleep, the world of the night would carry on regardless. I would be unaware of it.'
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. That's the best excuse I've heard for not sleeping! Grin. Absolutely beautiful post and how true it is that we miss those enchanting hours of the night... Beautifully done!

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  7. What a lovely depiction of the night. I must admit I'm a 'night' person myself and love that time when everyone's in bed and all is quiet and it's just me and the night :)

    Thanks Keith!

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  8. Lovely post. I've gradually become more of a night person and love the other-worldly feel of the wee hours (though I've never seen a fox :)).

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  9. Passes Keith a nice fluffy pillow some great 400 count satin sheets and a nice warm blanket. Get some sleep friend. Great piece.

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  10. Keith what a beautiful and vivid description of the night.
    Beautiful.

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  11. This is absolutely stunning. What a great picture of the night you painted. I never see the night I must be a creature of the day.
    I've got an award for you mister.

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  12. so beautifully written :)
    absolutely loved it :)
    and the pic is awesome!

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  13. beautiful.. i love the peace of the night.. waiting for more!! :)

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  14. sometimes i wish i could be both a night owl and an early bird. *sigh*

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  15. very nice part 2, you make me want to sleep late...i am early to bed person...

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  16. how lovely it would be to be a night owl or someone who could stay up to see all these miracles. but dreaming almost replace those miracles.

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  17. This was so beautiful and touched me so while reading it.
    I love to keep the windows open on summer nights and listen to all the creatures of the night as I fall asleep.

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