Friday, June 06, 2008

A creature of the night

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This weeks Sunday Scribblings prompt is My Nights
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As the night drops its blanket of darkness over a slumbering world, I softly slink away into the stillness of a silent street. I hear every sound – the rustle of fallen leaves as a breeze bustles between them, the rattle of a discarded can as it cartwheels down the gutter.
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Objects which hours before sang with colour have now taken on a more subdued pallor. A paleness in the shimmering moonlight, which bathes everything in a sea of silver grey.
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I cowl and spin my head toward a screeching owl. I am not alone on my nightly journey. I turn again as a fox skips across the road on its way from one overfilled dustbin to another. A busy bat swoops, then glides then dances above me. Fluttering moths frantically bounce to and fro as they attempt to break inside a street lamp, and a spider weaves its web then waits stealthily for the flying fruits of the dawn.
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For these are the creatures of the night. My night. My world. My ecstasy.
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Here's a thought. If moths are so desperate for light, would it not be more sensible if they came out during the day?
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let me read it to you - click below!


23 comments:

  1. oh, this was beautifully written, keith. yes, the creatures of the nights -- a little scary for me, i'm such a girl :)

    i thought i saw a bat fly the other day. my husband swears i saw wrong because they are night creatures; yet, it looked very much like a bat to me! they're so recognizable. if not, some bird's been messing around with another not of his own! or, perhaps i need stronger eyeglasses....:)

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  2. You can not only put yourself into the cat's thoughts but you take us right with you! This is rich in sensory images. It evokes the mysterious quality of night. The accompanying photo is wonderful.

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  3. Its wonderfully written. I have to admit, I don't like nigth creatures much, little eerie...

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  4. This is very well written. I enjoyed the point of view. It reminded me of the times I took my children to the nocturnal house at our local zoo.

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  5. How fun Keith! Reminds me of when I was little and used to imagine what kind of adventures they had while I was sleeping.... :)

    That's a very good question about Moths - you would think, huh?

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  6. about the moths...
    may be the sunloght is too hot fo them? ah.. dunno...

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  7. this was truly written as if you've been a cat yourself! So beautifully vivid Keith! Maybe in a past life?? Meeeowwww!

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  8. I was there with you on that prowl. Excellently done.

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  9. Marvellous piece. The atmosphere of that prowl was built up so steadily from such clear pictures. I loved "flying fruits of the dawn"..

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  10. I love what you ask about the moth, made me LOL. Your writing was wonderful. I felt as though I came on a journey with you. Nights are indeed full of action and not just a sleepy time!Your poem was magically written.

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  11. PS Love the photo of the cat!

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  12. i'm all about being a cat person - love their independence and swaggering aloof attitude - your poem is so rich with image - one more reason to come back as a cat in my next life - hah!!!

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  13. lol moths are despairingly senseless, meaning they make no sense to me.
    Night sounds are amazing,love that cat picture and I love to see cats wandering around at night. Good thing not every creature is a night creature though, otherwise we wouldn't have the same silent pleasure.

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  14. Wasn't this a great topic? I absolutely love what you wrote. So eloquent. I would love to read this to my students because you use so many of the writing traits that I try to teach them.

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  15. Scary? No way. I enjoyed this perspective!

    nocturnal

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  16. I think you nailed this one kieth. They don't miss a beat even at night. Well done and nice shot!

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  17. Very well written and thanks for introducing us to the creatures of your night. They are very awe inspiring.

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  18. I love these images. And such wonderful poetry in your writing. The picture is haunting and beautiful.

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  19. What an awesome image you've painted with your words! And the cat photo at the top is the icing on the cake :)

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  20. To lead the life of a cat...you have caught the mood beautifully. I need to try this kind of writing. It could be fun.

    b

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  21. This is like a great adventure!

    Gemma

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  22. This is a great story - I love that it's from the cat POV. We have all those here in our woods too, and I have had to work VERY hard to squelch my shriek factor in order not to pass my phobias on to the kids.

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  23. it is as if i were there the cat herself... a most enjoyable journey..

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