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By Tanya E. E. E. Schmid
Its long legs stride across the hillside towards my kitchen, shoulder blades rolling like a well-oiled machine, head low, framed by the broad, feathery collar of its mane. Its eyes stare at the open window where I stare back, unmoving. There is no sound to its steps, but a quickness in the air, as though the wind is holding its breath. The jays in our Douglas fir fall silent.
Its nostrils flare, searching for me. The smell of wild thyme blended with last year’s grass escorts the cat like fragrant bouquets strewn at a royal procession, but wild and earthen.
A crow disturbs our mutual reverence with sharp cries. Beneath the windowsill, my hand dares to move, searching for my phone on the table next to me. I reach the cool leather case. My arm raises it slowly, working separate from the rest of my body, my head and torso frozen. Without looking, my finger presses: click. Better a camera than a gun.
The satin eyes turn away and, upon reaching the woods, the lynx sits back on hay-colored haunches and stubby tail, then launches over the 5-foot fence. I stare down at a perfectly preserved encounter on my phone. A sour metallic taste rises in my throat when I realize this photograph is a call to hunters. Not wanting one shot to precipitate a deadlier other, I hit “delete” and close the kitchen window.
4/25/2020 09:55:40 am
Loved the photo and admire your respect for nature. The world will be a peaceful place only when we humans learn to live harmoniously with the rest of lives on this planet.
4/26/2020 02:30:18 am
What a fabulously-told story. It so beautifully captures how a moment can be so forcefully 'there' and gone in a click. I really enjoyed this story - not just for the telling but also the underlying message. It really reached me. Thank-you!
4/26/2020 06:47:33 am
Dieser Text verlangt nach mehr, kurz und doch sehr intensiv.
Vivien De Bernardi
4/26/2020 12:12:22 pm
A jewel of a share! So few words to capture a fleeting moment that will never be forgotten.
4/26/2020 03:39:27 pm
My English is not the best, but i anderstood the story...
4/26/2020 07:45:57 pm
Anita and Marianne
4/27/2020 05:39:14 am
Auch ohne Foto können wir es sehr gut vorstellen, ein gute atmosphärische umschreibung.
4/28/2020 09:26:20 am
Wunderschöne Geschichte, ich vermute sehr dass Du das so erlebt hast, und beneide Dich.
4/29/2020 09:54:13 am
Ms. Schmid's appreciation of and for nature is evident. She creates beautiful images. I felt like I was standing beside her at the kitchen window and was mesmerized by the lynx. She ends with a thought-provoking message.
5/3/2020 08:48:20 pm
Your words do this creature and his/her habitat justice. Thank you.
5/5/2020 11:49:30 pm
I think the writing is beautiful! Very descriptive. Congratulations!
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