Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fine Dining

And now, for a little change of pace here at ChezVCK...


The sun, sinking lower and lower, reflects off the crystalline water a million times a second. Red fades into orange fades into pink fades into blue fades into finally black depths. The castle keeps sentinel over the tiny town this evening, just another night watch in its schedule of thousands over the centuries. A man peeks from within the fortress, which now provides the town with a different form of comfort. From his perch, he tosses stale bread into the glistening sea. It begins to churn white as hundreds of small fish battle for a crumb or two. Slowly the bread dissipates, and when it’s gone, the waters calm. Peace returns and just the hypnotic lapping of waves is audible, like there was never any disturbance at all. A nearby fisherman, his face leathered but content, watches the scene for a minute, then returns his attention to his pursuit. He reels in a small prize and calls out to his companion. “Gatto,” he says melodically, almost in pitch, and the cat ambles over to examine his dinner. He bats at the fish a few times, as if to inspect its quality. Satisfied, he sits and dines like a king. The sun acquiesces and disappears into the water, leaving traces of muted colors. They too fade, and all is quiet.




3 comments:

Annie Powell, not yet PhD said...

beautiful. just beautiful.

kitako said...

i love this.... ocean, fish, a cat and pretty sunset.... perfect day :)

Anonymous said...

I voted for it. :)