Sunday morning and the Sunday whirl, a fable

June 2, 2013

It’s Sunday morning and the birdsong has chased away the dark of the night, so I suppose it’s safe to bring you a darker whirl, since the sun is out and we’re all feeling safe and cozy with our tea and breakfast in our bed.

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morning doors

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vault, halls, swirl, crave, throat, wind,
limbs, nimble, prairie, rapture, train, each

‘Listen to me’, she said in a raspy voice, dusty and torn on that street corner as she stopped us on our walk.

‘There was a day on Earth when nothing died,’ she said, ‘and Death was pacing the black halls of his black heart with nothing to do and a craving he could not explain.

But rather than give in, he drew his scythe from his vault and ascended above the world, above the prairie, the forest, the mountain and past Earth’s borders to do some astral tidying up.

All day he nimbly swung his scythe. The swirl of silver steel cut thru the wind, the cold, the dark, and life string after life string was cut free sending the stars tumbling thru the celestial blue till his limbs felt weak and his scythe was beginning to dull.

And hundreds of lovers stared up at the sky holding hands and kissing and counting their blessings that night as a steady train of shooting stars fell down, tangling in trees or landing in back yard sand boxes.

But when Death stopped to mop his brow he realised that the stars shine so brightly in their desperate state to deceive Death of their dying, and now there were only a few stars left fighting off the dark of the night.

Then the next day and for years afterwards he had double the work as heart after heart broke at the sight of a starless sky.’

She stopped speaking and released her hold and she stared at each of us; our eyes wide open in rapture.

Then she looked away thru tears and swallowed hard, as though there was a lump in the back of her throat.

Just back from three glorious days at the cabin
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  • Reply June 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Nice photos! What is the covered dish used for? I have a Cake Dome but I rarely use it anymore!

    • Reply Veronica June 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Kathryn, I always put cookies in there and it usually lives on the island. Yesterday R ate the last biscotti and I moved it to the kitchen table to make way for a “serve yourself” BBQ hamburgers and condiments on the island. 🙂

      • Reply June 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        I thought perhaps it had something to do with your lovely breakfast!

        • Reply Veronica June 3, 2013 at 7:06 am

          Sometimes Kathryn, when we have cookies for breakfast! 🙂

  • Reply brenda w June 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Damn Death and his star scything ways. I love the image of stars falling…you write beautifully.

    • Reply Veronica June 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you so much Brenda. 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl's Excellent Adventure June 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Wow! I’m enraptured. What a tale!

    • Reply Veronica June 3, 2013 at 7:03 am

      Hi Cheryl, thank you very much. 🙂

  • Reply Old Egg June 3, 2013 at 1:59 am

    What a really captivating tale. It is though some secret parchment has been found and this old story is finally told once again.

    • Reply Veronica June 3, 2013 at 7:03 am

      Hi Old, I love the idea of an old parchment and now want to make one…:)

  • Reply Misky June 3, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I l-o-v-e that beautiful door knob! Fab photos as always. Great talent, my friend.

    • Reply Veronica June 3, 2013 at 7:05 am

      Thank you Misky. That’s a vintage door knob on a new door R fitted between the dining room and the corridor to the bedrooms. I love the little period touches. 🙂

  • Reply Becca June 3, 2013 at 4:53 am


    • Reply Veronica June 3, 2013 at 7:05 am

      Becca 🙂 thank you sweetie. 🙂

  • Reply 1sojournal June 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Love the tale you have written. We do have a tendency to see shooting stars as fantastic entertainment, forgetting that they signal a light dying and gone forever. Really like the image of Death wielding his scythe only to realize the making of so much more work. As they say, no rest for the wicked.


  • Reply magicalmysticalteacher June 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

    When the first words of a story or poem are “Listen to me,” I do!

    A Whirl with Stanley Kunitz

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Hi MMTeacher. I do too! Off to read your’s now. 🙂

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