He could not sleep so he went for a walk.  The winter-crisp night was windless.  A full moon candled a sky pebbled with stars.  He remembered the Ibo proverb in Achebe: “When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.”  And what was that story that described each pinpoint of starlight as the cold cry of an anguished purgatorial soul.  He walked.  He had no destination in mind, no place he particularly wanted to go.  He just walked.

Crossing a snowy field he came upon boot tracks.  The punctuation of another night walker.  He followed them until suddenly they stopped.  Just disappeared, as if the walker walked up into the night sky.  Ascended into the pale energy of the white moon.  The night massed.  Something, he felt, lay in wait, lay just out of sight, clamped and lidded, hidden perhaps beyond the tree line ahead or in the seam of shadow and light or behind the moon--some summons, some surging epiphany, some something that would send him spinning, out over the field, over the town, over the horizon.  The cold deepened, entered his flesh and rippled him with shivering. He felt he might be unraveling.  He turned and followed the two sets of tracks until they became only his set of tracks.  He followed his tracks back across the field and returned home.

He snugged himself under a comforter, sealed himself to keep from untangling.  He slept.  But he did not dream. 

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Comment by Arthur James on October 30, 2013 at 5:40am

`

I wish You would stay @ Our Salon.

Jake won't delete You @ Big Salon?

Maybe Jacob Trick Easter Bunny too.

`

Deluty

`

the paranoid prof

making an enemies list

of grad students

`

To walk in the snowy woods

on Cold Full Moon Nights

is a Sensory Experience

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on October 30, 2013 at 1:02pm

hA ha seems in yer absence u have become quite the accomplished mystic genius Gerald.

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on October 30, 2013 at 1:05pm

excuse me, Gerald but I really must pull old art's beard . at least eleven times daily, ha.

`

 paranoia in our professors' psyches bids well for our future econonomy in the late 21st century especially with all this spying going on lately art.

`

To walk in the snowy woods

on Cold Full Moon Nights

is a Sensory Experience

yes but it is all on film. so don't do nothing suspicious like piss in the snow. ok?

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on October 30, 2013 at 1:07pm

jerry not Gerald oops sorry.

conflated yours with another old beard guy's name. that fancy Gerald Anderson dude.

but  only the name, sir.

I knew it was u writing.

Comment by Arthur James on October 30, 2013 at 3:53pm

`

James M. E. ?

J..M.E. write?

JME be`

famous`

renoun`

`

James M. E.`

Renown` blogger`

sends ` Salon's`

editor` Jake . . .`

a new ` book` and

J.M.E` send` book

and an ` invoice

`

Jake send ` mommy?

Ma Ma huh` Jacob S.?

Jake sing` J. Cash's?

Best ` 60'`s Cash ?

Old` Blue's `HITS?

`

I need to cats`soup'

and consume` crock'

good crock-pot` soup'

GREENS-POT'S` soup`

`

Key` boards ` sticky?

today` be` no` kinky?

No! ` o, it be` no any?

and ` o, no `wail no woe.

I JUST` o, popping` offs.

`

I check INN ` for` therapy.

It's almost` 7:PM ` sleepy.

i listen o` ` too` CASH?

`

Johnny Cash o` so funny?

Musicians ` o, Edify folks,

and I Be` so` Way behind.

`

Comment by Lois Wickstrom on June 13, 2014 at 9:34am

You pulled me into the mystery. And out into the space where anything can happen.

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