Nature Spirits Photo Series: Faerie Homes . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 7 August 2019

Dear Ones,

In recent months I have been a little more in contact with the nature spirits I call elves, faeries, brownies,  and gnomes.

Here is the photo series: Faerie Homes. I also recently published a blog on Elf Homes … LInk: “Nature Spirits Photo Series: Elf Homes,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 6 August 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-dRR ..

As can be seen from the photos below, faeries love flowers.

Like the elves, faeries like sunlight that is speckled or hazy or dappled; rainbow-colored flecks and sprinkles of sunlight; and the soft colors of the sky at dawn and just after sunset. Both faeries and elves like nights when the moon is bright and many stars are sparkling in the sky; at least, it is easy to see them on those sorts of nights!

Here is more about faeries and elves, but not to do with today’s photos …

Faeries and elves love the creatures of the forest … deer and foxes, skunks and badgers and porcupines, chipmunks and squirrels, for instance. Also, the less assuming creatures of the forest, such as pack rats and mice, and bats, toads and frogs.

Faeries, in particular, love birds of all sorts. Also, and especially, they love bears, as bears are good to ride upon, and fun to tickle on the ears. You are more likely to find elves near a sleeping bear, unless they feel especially mischievous (which, when I come to think of it, is quite frequently the case).

As is well known by those who delight in the company of nature spirits, both faeries and elves like damselflies and dragonflies. Catching a glimpse of the flittering wings of these latter beings often signifies the nearby presence of elves or faeries.

See also:

Link: “Elothiel,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 28 April 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-cvw ..

Link: “Diamond Rainbow Light,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 20 June 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-djX ..

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NATURE SPIRITS PHOTO SERIES: FAERIE HOMES

Image: “Faerie Homes 1: Purple Sage, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 1: Purple Sage, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 2: Bindweed, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 2: Bindweed, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 3: Western Fence Lizard, Purple Sage, and Rock, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 3: Western Fence Lizard, Purple Sage, and Rock, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 4: Blue Eyed Grass, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 4: Blue Eyed Grass, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 5: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 5: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 6: Blue Eyed Grass and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 6: Blue Eyed Grass and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 7: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 7: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 8: Canyon Sunflower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 8: Canyon Sunflower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 9: Globe Lily (White Fairy Lantern), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 9: Globe Lily (White Fairy Lantern), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 10: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 10: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 11: Mariposa Lily and Golden Stars, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 11: Mariposa Lily and Golden Stars, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 12: Golden Stars and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 12: Golden Stars and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 13: Chalcedon Checkerspot Caterpillar and Bush Monkey Flower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 13: Chalcedon Checkerspot Caterpillar and Bush Monkey Flower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 14: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 14: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 15: Canyon Sunflower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 15: Canyon Sunflower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 16: Delphinium, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 16: Delphinium, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 17: Delphinium and Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 17: Delphinium and Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 18: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 18: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 19: Delphinium, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 19: Delphinium, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 20: Mariposa Lilies, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 20: Mariposa Lilies, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 21: Globe Lilies (White Fairy Lanterns), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 21: Globe Lilies (White Fairy Lanterns), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 22: Globe Lilies (White Fairy Lanterns),, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 22: Globe Lilies (White Fairy Lanterns),, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 23: Owl’s Clover, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 23: Owl’s Clover, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 24: California Popcorn Flower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 24: California Popcorn Flower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 25: Blue Dick (Wild Hyacinth), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 25: Blue Dick (Wild Hyacinth), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 26: Showy Penstemon, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 26: Showy Penstemon, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 27: Showy Penstemon, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 27: Showy Penstemon, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 28: Yucca, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 28: Yucca, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 29: Microseris, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 29: Microseris, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 30: Fremont Star Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 30: Fremont Star Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 31: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 31: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 32: Golden Yarrow and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 32: Golden Yarrow and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 33: Mariposa Lily and Golden Star, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 33: Mariposa Lily and Golden Star, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Alice B. Clagett


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A Poem for the Man with the Trembling Pinkie . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 9 August 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is a very short poem rhymed in a slapdash manner reminiscent of the personality of the protagonist …

A Poem for the Man with the Trembling Pinkie
by Alice B. Clagett
9 August 2019

His balderdash
Off he will cast
And you’ll be (past
tense) corned beef hash.

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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Benedictus benedicat. Benedicto benedicatur . A melody by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 11 September 2019; published on 13 September 2019

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • “Benedictus Benedicat,” Melody composed and sung by Alice B. Clagett
    • Photos by Alice

Dear Ones,

For the ancient blessing “Benedictus benedicat. Benedicto benedicatur,” here is a new melody composed and sung by Alice B. Clagett. There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

“Benedictus Benedicat”
Melody composed and sung by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Lyrics
11 September 2019

 

Benedictus, benedictus, benedictus benedicat.
Benedicto, benedicto, benedicto benedicatur.

May the Blessed One … the Blessed One … the Blessed One … bless us.
May the One who blesses … who blesses … who blesses … be blessed.

in nomine Patris,
et Filii,
et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Photos by Alice

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 5,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 5,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 6,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 6,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 7,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 7,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 8,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 8,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 9,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 9,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 10,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

Image: “Baal Point Road, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area 10,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 September 2019, CC By-SA 4.0

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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Possible Passing Blessing . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 30 September 2019; published on 5 October 2019

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Possible Passing Blessing, Channeled by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Words

Dear Ones,

Here is a possible passing blessing. There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Here is a blessing … It is a blessing for a person who is pretty ill. It goes like this … What is that up there?

Image: “Possible Passing Blessing,” by Alice B. Clagett, 30 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Possible Passing Blessing,” by Alice B. Clagett, 30 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

It goes like this …

Possible Passing Blessing
Channeled by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
30 September 2019

 

May God bless you and keep you safe
Though you may be at heaven’s gate

May He shake your hand and show you in
No matter what you’ve been up to, or where you’ve been!

Amen

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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Teeth 2 . A short story by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 5 August 2018; published on 22 September 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is a short story I wrote over a year ago …

TEETH 2
A Short Story by Alice B. Clagett
Written on 5 August 2018

Early morning in LA. Would I ever love to be in Hawaii, walking the early morning beach — sunhat and flowered muumuu, bare feet scuffing the sand, ears full of the roaring surf, foam flecking spent waves as they lap the sand.

I remember Maui. Woke up at a beachside resort in the wee morning hours. Made my own coffee and sipped it outdoors near the “I Wanafoolaround” jacuzzi, which bubbled dreamily.

A warm, wet wind snapped the flagpole flags: US, Canada, and Hawaii.

Then mynah birds awoke. Added sweet song to palm leaf chatter.

The coffee cup was empty then.

Wild roosters in the nearby woods woke their hens with cruel cries.

The rats in the iceplant, off in the fields, went back to their dens. Mongeese still crept through the undergrowth, looking for one more tasty treat before sunrise.

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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Teeth 1 . A Short Story by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 5 August 2018; published on 22 September 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is a very short story I wrote over a year ago …

TEETH 1
A Short Story by Alice B. Clagett
Written on 5 August 2018

Every time I go to the dentist … and I’ve been going there for about 30 years … he says, “Are you still riding that razor scooter?

And I say, “Yup!”

Then he nods his head to the left, and back, and says, “Did you know how dangerous those things are? You do wear a helmet, don’t you?”

I laugh and say, “You know, I am the best, and the safest scooter rider in the whole world!”

There’s a tiny explosion of exhaled air. He looks down at the floor, and grins.

It’s a fleeting smile — You know the kind? The kind where you fear … should anyone see … they’ll say with stern, cold eyes, “What on earth are you laughing about?”

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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Ice . A Poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 19 September 2019; published on 21 September 2019

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Ice, a poem by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Words

Dear Ones,

Here is a new poem for you …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

This is a poem called “Ice” …

. . . . .

ICE
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
19 September 2019

This is a fictional, narrative poem.

 

I said, I’m a charity trust trustee
Ought I stay on the board or leave it?

He said, Why live with clutter?

Out of the corner of my eye
I looked round at his office

No papers, no books, no cabinets
Just a laptop and a printer

Ok, I said. I agree

As he handed me the paper to sign
his eyes cut like a razor

.   .  .

He said, Here are your POA forms
One is for power over health
the other for just about everything else

If you want
my wife and I
can provide that service for you

His eyes looked clear, like river ice
early on, in the winter

Ok, I said. I will sign them

.   .  .

His eyes turned blue like the midday sky
as he handed me the papers

Here’s a form, he said,
that I always advise
it’s important for your children

After 3 days they pull the plug
it saves them from commotion

I said, I don’t like that form at all!
Look at me – I’m the picture of perfect health
and then, I have no children

His eyes glinted like sun on snow
He said, My advice is to sign it.

.   .  .

He opened the door to show me out
Then stopped for half a second

My wife, he said, does health massage

I said, May I have her number?

.   .  .
.   .  .

She said, I can’t see you at my job
They’re fixing the floor in my office.
I’ll do the massage at our home instead

Her voice was like raspberry jam on toast
Why did that concern me?

What day? I asked
with a frog in my throat

She said, I’ll get back to you

Two weeks later, I found the door
of the place where she and her husband lived

Here, she said, is my new massage table

Her hand touched the cloth
in the way that a priest
offers the Sunday Eucharist

.   .  .

I don’t disrobe for massage, I said
I hope you can work around that

Her lips froze
Her eyes assessed
Her hip touched the edge of the table gently

Would that be ok? I asked

Ok, she said. Lie down here.

.   .  .

This is a new technique, she said
You’ll be the first to try it
and she explained cerebrally
the ins and outs of the method

Then out of the blue, it seemed to me,
she said, Do you know Catherine?
I have known her for years, she said
and I really like her

My eyes froze, then relaxed. O yeah.
It’s Catherine that’s working back in town
next door to this young lady

A hunch formed in the back of my mind
Then disappeared
before I could see
more than a claw
or the look on the face of it

.   .  .

A man in a hat
that concealed his face
walked in from the yard

As he cleared the lintel I saw
the door was still half open

His shadow lay
like a long black line
on the floor at the foot of the table

Who’s that? I asked

O, she said,
He’s just a gawker from next door
You don’t mind, do you?

I said, Yes I do!

The stranger stopped inching towards us

He turned round in the cool dim room
felt for the door with his left hand
and stumbled into the sunlight

.   .  .

My blood turned hot.
My hands got cold
My heart got a speeding ticket

I sat up.

My gosh, I have to go!
Here, let me pay you

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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