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Beauty and the Beast

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There is a certain beauty on a late spring day, a gentle breeze ruffles my hair, the warmth of the sun baths me. I wonder do you see the beauty that lays around us. I sit back and enjoy my coffee, whilst you rest at my feet. Later we amble homeward, you make me stop, rush not is your mantra.

Then the beast arrived, a pounding headache, a spinning room. I rest until the night sky calls to me. A breeze returns to rustle the leafs, the crescent moon looks down upon us. A star falls. Our time is passing.

 

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        1. Over recent years I have studied the differing ways of recording historic languages. A fascinating subject for me. I really admire those individuals who can work with differing languages. It is a skill I definately do not have. But there are other gifts.

      1. Poor grammar has always been my companion, but it is offset by other gifts. I have learnt to really value any help given. Please always feel free to mention if I make an mistakes. I rarely bite

  1. Very poignant story. Rush not should be widely accepted mantra.
    “There is a certain beauty on a late spring day, a gentle breeze ruffles my hair, the warmth of the sun baths me. I wonder do you see the beauty that lays around us. I sit back and enjoy my coffee, whilst you rest at my feet. Later we amble homeward, you make me stop, rush not is your mantra.”
    I hope this helps. 😉

  2. Hi Michael,
    Enjoyed catching up for another week. It’s now officially Winter here and we Australians are a grumbling bunch when it comes to the cold. Most of us are also wary of turning on heaters with the astronomical electricity bills. I’ve just returned from the shops with a pulled pork pie and dessert after a torturous morning cleaning my daughter’s room.
    So, I was delighted to relax while reading your flash and I’ve read it through a few times and find quite a few different possible interpretations. I am wondering whether your companion is a dog in the story? We have two much loved dogs here and they seem to spend most of their walks sniffing, even though my physio instructs me to walk fast to raise my heart rate.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.
    xx Rowena

    1. Hi Rowena. Winter I once loved it; but here like with you, with the extortionately high heating costs many people fear winter. As for daughters or sons their rooms often take on a life of their own. My companion was a collie, as I sit writing this he has his feet up in the best armchair in the house. Sadly for him when we go out walking, I am getting slower. I am only glad that your physio is not behind me.

      1. I love your sense of humour, Michael. A friend of mine has two old Border collies and she’d walk the dogs with the kids to school. One of the dogs was about 14 or 16 and had lost a leg but in typical border collie style, insisted on his walk and laboured along.
        The physio will be having a chat with me when I see her next. I have missed a few days due to the cold. No doubt her logic would be that walking would heat me up. To her credit, I have lost a noticeable amount of weight.

  3. Michael, just found the photos of your Border Collie and particularly loved the photo of him in the hat. We have a full Border Collie, Bilbo, who is now 10.5 years and Lady who is a BC x Cavalier. BCs are a fabulous dog. Bilbo is now elderly but throw the ball down at the beach and he almost goes like a pup.
    xx Rowena

    1. Rowena, most of my collies loved nothing better than chasing a ball. A long time ago I left one enjoying himself, he was fielding at my children’s cricket match. It was a big mistake, as he / the collie, worn his pads right down. He had to wear special leather boots for a while to allow his pads to recover! Mike

      1. Mike, that definitely sounds like a border collie. Doesn’t know when to stop. A friend of mine took ours to play cricket with her kids and he was good at fielding too.
        At the moment, he is a very smuggly lap warmer. It doesn’t get as cold here but we’re not built for the heat. I can’t remember where we stashed the heater so I’ve got a rug and the dog. xx Rowena

    1. Thank you Keith, writing this story helped me get away from the beast that caused me to feel unwell. Although I did make quite a few mistakes with my grammar. Now hopefully corrected

    1. As I get older I find myself wondering about time. For me the only real time is the natural turning of the earth. I remember thinking as a child that time only existed in my home…

    1. I think that my experience of the migraine like headache, heightened my awareness of my surroundings. I then felt the need to record my experience. Rather like a artist who records a dramatic sunset.

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