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The Meadow

Posted in short story with tags , , on 2010/08/23 by R L Burns


Settling back into her seat, she looked up at the sky and smiled. The clouds were so much prettier here than at home; they looked like Maxfield Parrish prints: huge, fluffy, iridescent. And they felt so close that she thought she could touch them. It was amazing.

As the Jeep bounced down the unpaved road she glanced over at the driver. His eyes were intent on the path in front of them, though occasionally he would look off to the left or right, seeking to find perfect places to show her; exquisite natural landscapes guaranteed to charm and enrapture. So far he had not disappointed her, and somehow, it was all having a profound effect on her. After nearly a year of emotional chaos – complemented by a lifetime of the same – she could actually feel herself unwind, relax, settle…a fox up ahead on the road, jumped, startled, at the sound of the Jeep, and she watched it rush off into the woods and away from danger. He had seen the fox, too, she had felt the pull of the brakes as he slowed down. He glanced at her and smiled self-consciously then looked back at the road. She looked at him, smiling, and then turned again to study the sky.

Huge puffy rabbits, lions and castles slid across the sky as they drove. Suddenly he stopped the car. He looked at her and smiled. She grabbed her camera, nodded, and climbed out onto the road. There were no cars coming from either direction, which, she had come to realize was not that unusual. He held out his hand to her and she took it.

“Want to take a look?” he asked – knowing already her answer.

“Yes!” she laughed.

“Do you have your camera?”

She held it up for his inspection, her eyes twinkling. “You know it!”

“Good,” he nodded, and pulled her along.

She followed him across the dirt and gravel road, hurrying to match his long-legged stride. Stepping off the road, they walked through thigh-high grass and flowers. She was so intent on watching where she was going that she didn’t notice the beauty around her until he stopped. He put his hand on her shoulder to steady her and asked, “What do you think?”

She stood there in awe. They were surrounded by a field of wild grass and flowers; yellow, purple, white, it was amazing. In the distance she could see mountains, trees she could not identify…it was so incredibly lovely that she wanted to cry. All she could do was stare and then begin to take pictures in hopes of embedding the scene permanently in her brain.

After a few moments she glanced over to see him smiling proudly. She reached out and took his hand, looking up at him with a smile. “Thank you. Thank you. I don’t know how to thank you enough for…for this. For everything…” Her voice trailed off as she looked at the beauty around them and then back at him.

He took her hand, squeezed it, and nodded. Then they made their way back to the Jeep.

Yellow Butterflies

Posted in Poetry, Ramblings with tags , , , on 2010/08/22 by R L Burns

my new best friend

and i

went for a walk –

we looked at the sky

and listened

for rocks that talk –


although I think

I was more interested in those

than she.


plants and bugs

were much more

to her liking

although she tolerated

my eccentricities

when we went hiking


perhaps it was the

flowers on my dress –

perhaps not…


but we found ourselves

surrounded by

a bevy of butterflies,

each one of them yellow

they lit on my dress,

scrambled onto her side.


she looked at me questioningly

and I just shrugged,

as perplexed as she


reluctant to lose

our colorful, gentle escort

we stopped to lie

down in the grass

and look up

at the clouds in the sky


until the butterflies moved on.

Me and My New Best Friend

Obi-Wan and The Men Who Stare at Goats

Posted in Ramblings, Sharing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 2010/05/01 by R L Burns

I am a bit behind in my movie viewing, I must admit, but today I saw a really, really excellent movieThe Men Who Stare at Goats.  Oh, my gosh!  I loved it, loved it, loved it!!  At first I wasn’t really sure where it was going, but by the time the end credits rolled, I was a New Earth Army Convert!!                              

Being a child of the seventies who loved the Star Wars movies, the Jedi references and the mind control were enough to keep me entertained throughout – especially with Ewan McGregor (in the role of Bob) , who, of course, portrayed my all-time favorite movie character for three films:  Obi-Wan Kenobi.  All my life I wanted to be Obi-Wan…But it was more than that.  I hadn’t known what to expect from this movie, but what I got was a life lesson to which I could totally relate…the universe giving you signs.  Mind control over the weak.  Man’s cruelty to man, his desire for power, his vanity…His superstitious self – admitted or not.  Density – oops, I mean destiny.  Fate.  Native American beliefs.  Symbolism.  Kindness.  Love.  It was all there…a unique blending of all that is good within us — something we seem to have lost.

Mr. McGregor was great in his befuddled-til-the-end portrayal of Bob, the reporter who is looking for himself.  Jeff Bridges – the favorite actor of at least one person I know!! – was interesting as Bill.  George Clooney, of whom I am not normally a HUGE fan, was…I loved his tormented character, Lyn. 

I will not give away the ending in case you have not seen it, but I have to admit that I was surprised when I realized that I was crying and clapping at the last scene…especially after the following speech  by Bob – a speech with which I totally agree and wish I had come up with myself:

 …and if I ever needed proof of how the Dark Side had taken the beautiful dream of what a nation could be, and had twisted it, destroyed it, well, that was it; but I won’t stop. 

 I won’t give up. 

 Because when I look at what is happening in the world, I know that now, more than ever…we need to be all that we can be. 

 Now, more than ever…we need the Jedi. 


I agree, Bob.  Long live Obi-Wan!!  If you haven’t seen it, do so.  Now!  If you have, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I!!