A Matter Of Perspective


Each day he rose from bed at six, and made them both a cup of tea, “It’s looking cold” he might remark, or “Getting light out there I see.” He was a man of fixed routine, who liked to live predictably and somewhere far beyond his gaze stood the mighty Pyramids, memorials from a distant time: homes to pharaohs long since dead, yet provisioned for eternity.

Each weekday, as he had for years, he sat behind his office desk, working on electoral roles at the town hall office near his home, watching the names come and go, marking out the births and deaths and talked about the voting age, and far beyond this cloistered space, a river flowed inscrutable between its steep and rocky banks: becoming the Niagara Falls,witnessed by an awestruck crowd who stood and ate their sandwiches,

Every year it was the same; he planted out his vegetables, potatoes furthest from the lawn and up against the garden fence, a decent crop of runner beans. A shadow crossed the window frame, his wife was always at her chores and far away, beyond his view, a mighty iceberg broke away and started slowly on its voyage, populated by some birds, and even by a polar bear, watched from a passing ship by  tourists gathered on the deck, wondering at its growling might.

On Sunday’s they might take a walk, depending on the time of year; nodding at familiar sights, or share a coffee with some friends and talk with them on this and that: exchange the news that neighbours share and far away, beyond their sight, the people of the Himalayas, respectful of life’s mysteries and shielded from the bitter cold, could raise their eyes in quiet respect and trace the mountains, carved by ice and forces from the earth below.

And in the evening, home at last, sitting together at their meal  she might raise her eyes to him, and in their depths, for all to see, was all the  wonder of his life: that she with gentle empathy, soft as the light from shining stars, might share with him her purest gift; a love of rare simplicity.

About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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20 Responses to A Matter Of Perspective

  1. Al says:

    Please send superlatives. I’ve run out.

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  2. beth says:

    This is utterly beautiful

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  3. delphini510 says:

    Ahh … Peter, what do I say to give you and this wonderful story the praise you deserve.
    I am totally taken in by the whole when you with the last paragraph show love in its grandeur
    and simplicity.

    miriam

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  4. The best thing I’ve read all week. (I know it’s only Tuesday but my week started last Wednesday).

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  5. catterel says:

    Dear Ducks, you have surpssed yourself with this. I am in tears. So beautiful! Thank you.

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  6. tiostib says:

    Another superbly written piece by a truly gifted hand. Thank you!

    Peter,

    May I introduce you to Rajani, whose posted poem today struck my heart as deeply connected to yours.

    https://thotpurge.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/okjokull-death-of-a-glacier/

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  7. Scarlet says:

    Blimey, Mr ducks, this has the rhythm of a gentle poem.
    Sx

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  8. This is a marvelously composed tale, Peter, full of beauty and poignancy. I really like how you have structured each paragraph, framing the ‘mundane’ against the ‘wonderous’, and then, in your final paragraph, you pull out the truth: that love is the greatest of all gifts. Excellent!

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  9. Exquisite! This little piece provides a glimpse into something deeply spiritual.

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  10. nelle says:

    Even in a quiet life one can find find things of value: love and an imagination can carry one far.

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  11. sscottyy says:

    Sooo beautiful, Peter! The tears flowed…. Thank you

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  12. shailusahu says:

    This is utterly beautiful 👍

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  13. Violet Lentz says:

    What a simple uncluttered existence. I too am a person of fixed routine. I just move to strange out of the way [places on a whim, and in that I find adventure in my humble routines. I loved this piece. Thanks for the read. that’s how I found you.

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  14. restlessjo says:

    How very lovely. I wish I were she. 🙂 🙂

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