The Noisy Bridge Rod & Gun Club
Settled back into their seats, smiling:
The stories were especially good tonight.
Proud of their Hunting and Fishing Tales
They relished those adventures where
They hadn’t triumphed over their Prey
And of the scenery where their exploits
The Wind and Water had cut the Canyon
Wall into peculiarly sensual shapes
Which could harbor who knew what rare
Animals if they only knew where to look
Or what kind of bait to use.
It almost seemed that the Beasts
Which they couldn’t see were more real to them
Than the ones they could.
People needed to Believe in Gods
If only because it was hard to Believe in People.
Their talk was about their Search for the Divine in Nature
And their Hunts were the way they went about it.
She leaned tiredly against the wall
For a moment, wishing She had the Power
To feel where Harubiki was
As easily as She could feel the Water.
She was the only woman in this group
But She too was on this Quest
Disguised as Hunting and Fishing
Tales among this group of City Dwellers.
From a Radio in a nearby room
The sounds of ‘La Vie En Rose’
‘Those Were The Days’ and Swing
Punctuated the Silences in their Tales.
----by Purple Mark 09/17/11
The Exercise this week was to write about something you wouldn’t normally think to do. Reading a few lines from John Crowley was the catalyst that set the whole thing off.
1)“The Noisy Bridge Rod & Gun Club settled back in their seats, smiling,” (from ‘Little, Big’ by John Crowley).
2)“Wind and water had cut the canyon wall into peculiarly sensual shapes,” (from ‘Blue Highways’ by William Least Heat Moon).
3)“People needed to believe in gods, if only because it was hard to believe in people,” (from ‘Pyramids’ by Terry Pratchett).
4)“She leaned tiredly against the wall for a moment wishing she had the power to feel where Harubiki was as easily as she could feel the water," (from ‘Water Witch’ by Cynthia Felice & Connie Willis).
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