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His Eye Is On The Sparrow

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The moon follows me around. It likes to keep me in its line of sight.

Yeah, I know, that's silly and paranoid. Not true.

The truth is that there's a giant interstellar form made of gravity-gnarled darkness, well and truly hidden in the blackness of the nearby night sky. It holds the spinning moon in its twisted limbs, using it for a lantern, and it likes to keep me in its line of sight.

When we send rockets to the moon, we're like ants climbing on its body, as unaware of its true scope as ants are unaware of the shape and purpose of the table at a picnic, unaware of the ankle they're traversing until they get swatted. We fling our little ships into the lined curves of its swirling body, trying our damnedest not to tickle....

The moon follows me.

What makes me so special, so worthy of attention? Here's the only answer. You're a kid, following some ant around with the burning focus of a magnifying glass at midday. What makes that particular ant so special?

Same damned thing. Nothing.

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Posted by Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri

10th Aug 2008, 20:01   | tags:

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Dhamaka says:

:)
serendipitous
I listened to a story on BBC Radio 4 (or was it 7) before going to Colombia where the moon came to Earth for love of a woman. Whichever. It's bound to come back and I'll let you know when it does

10th Aug 2008, 22:19

From a poem by Tolkien in The Fellowship of the Ring:

...there they brew a beer so brown
the Man in the Moon himself came down
one night to drink his fill.

So the downfall is either booze of women, eh?

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11th Aug 2008, 15:34

apparently so

14th Aug 2008, 23:14

Probably worth it on both counts, then. :)

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14th Aug 2008, 23:31

jc1000000 says:

Like that! Almost like a positive and curiosly heart warming version of L'etranger.

23rd Sep 2008, 14:08

Well, you know. Camus was always a cold, cynical, and above all wordy bastard. :)

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23rd Sep 2008, 15:35