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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Stretching It


Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) stretching in his enclosure, Zurich Zoo: photo by Tamako the Tiger, 1 November 2013

When you are having a philosophical conversation with someone and they are not able to think outside the box... you'd like to encourage them to think about it.

He's rounding second. Time slows down. Everything seems so far away. The image on the screen is frozen.

"Stretch it out!"

"A face only covers a skull awhile, so stretch that skull cover and smile!"

"Get two!"

This is by some called, the ghost of wit, delighting to ambulate after the death of its body.

And to say the truth, there seems to be no part of knowledge in fewer hands, than that of discerning when to have done.

A stretch. That's what it was always going to be.

Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus) stretching, Cincinnati Zoo: photo by Mark Dumont, 27 December 2013

"It's only the sixth. Why are you standing up?"
"All those other guys are doing it."
There were no promises. Things would happen as they happened.

I never expected to get thrown out at third.

By the way, have I told you? I am trying an experiment very frequent among recent authors, which is to write upon nothing, and when the subject is utterly exhausted, to let the pen, locked within the withered, knobbly digits, still move on, leaving its litter of semi-legible marks scattered across the virgin snows of the notebook page.

I didn't lie, either, I was only stretching the truth.
I didn't know the guy had a gun for an arm.

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#Ferguson protesters now marching around stadium upper level with hands up: photo via Benjamin Boyd @benjaminhboyd, 13 October 2014

Storm damage at The Orchards Belleville [Illinois]; photo by David Carson @PDJP, 13 October 2014

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From inside police van on my way to processing. This is what democracy looks like in America circa 2014
: photo via Rev. Alvin Herring @Alvin4Community, 13 October 2014

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WOW! Waterspout this Saturday that prompted a prompted tornado warning in Pierce County, Washington
: photo by Teresa Cox via Mark Tarello @mark_tarello, 11 October 2014

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