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    A different month, but maybe a bit of the essence of September remains.

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    Before.

    Before the rules were written down in that great book now entombed in an ancient and forgotten place. That book bound with the skins of all sentient creatures and binding all sentient creatures to it.

    Before the rules were even thought of, there was a salamander. He had not yet grown old enough to take his place with the rest of his kind as flame’s emissary. The young fire salamander stayed in the dank caves; exploring their depths until the day that his skin toughened and his body warmed.

    While there were many fine and exciting adventures in the caves, the salamander spent his time at a nearby pool of water. This wasn’t merely a still and stagnant pool of water that one might see during the ages of rationalization, but one imbued with life.

    They spent their days playing together – rippling waves, dunks and splashes – all bathed in the soft light from luminescent glowworms. The salamander couldn’t think of better times than these. The cool water was a salve to his changing body, while the friendship soothed his psyche.

    Eventually the salamander’s growing heat was too much and the pool evaporated, leaving the salamander with nothing but memories. In guilt, the salamander left the caves to try to escape what had happened. In pain, there was no relief except in sleep. In rage, he unleashed his fire on the world. Perhaps because of this the great book now says that fire and water shall not mix.

    As for the salamander, the nights may hold small comfort in his dreams. But the days are set to burn.

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    Cruising the road in the dark
    Reflective strips running by,
    ghostly headlights shuttling early birds.
    An orange moon settling down,

    unseen to all but the few of us.

    40 dogs playing on the radio

    But I ain’t got no dogs
    and smoked all the cigarettes.
    Or threw them away
    With the rest of what was interesting
    about me.

    And after the role is played,
    I’ll look for the signs
    leading me to that moon.

    Just take the second right
    and drive straight through the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nodon View Post
    Or threw them away
    With the rest of what was interesting about me.

    Ironically, that's one of the most intriguing lines you've written, Nodon. I'm enjoying your recent posts very much. Thanks for sharing.

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    Happy Birthday Moscow! Sorry I missed it by a few hours; I was out of town.

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    I miss you all (nodon, lucynymph, ladyhope, moscow32, anneiam, j15bell, dragon, 12pm, stickinthemud, mpowers, et al) and your perspectives on life. Still, I'm grateful we had as much time together as we did. It isn't just that I miss your writing, though I do; I miss you. I know that new jobs, degrees, and loves have all taken you away; it's been the same for me. I get it. I just want you to know that you're missed.

    Hugs for everybody;
    Carol

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