Reena’s Exploration Challenge #104 — Oku

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Oku, the great stone at the mouth of the river, had been an observer of her domain for centuries. She had seen such incredible things. In the spring, when the snow melted in the mountains, ice cold water came down on its way to the great lake and rushed over her. She felt her most alive then. In the summer, children used her as a base for their hide and seek games. As summer wound down and the water levels were lower, bits of moss and lichen tried to gain foothold in her pores. Winter’s freeze put those notions to an end. Oku watched the villagers skate on the ice of the small inlet just before the mouth of the lake. Hearing laughter in the cold months was welcomed. Humans didn’t seem nearly as destructive to the world when they were laughing.

Oku loved watching other life all around her. The fish loved to hide in her shadow and wait for careless insects to fall into the water. All manner of bird loved to perch on her, either to lift off from or to dive into the water from. The prettiest birds to her were the green heron. Even the occasional butterfly would alight and bring her joy.

What most other living things didn’t realize was that Oku was alive. They did appreciate the colorful flecks on her surface and her utility. Because they didn’t know she was alive, she was able to observe without interference. Oh, the stories she could tell!

The End.

 

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:

PROMPT  104- LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Pick 3 words randomly from the long passage by Krishnamurthi. Create your piece with the three chosen words as a base. I can smell the freedom in the air …. It is a challenge without any restrictions.

My close-eyes-and-point method chose these 3 words:
Observer
Centuries
Incredible

16 Comments Add yours

  1. badfinger20 says:

    That was really good Lisa…it flows really well and a great visual.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max. One of my co-workers believed that rocks were alive. He had some interesting views on a lot of things. In actuality, who is to say they aren’t….

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        Well I guess they are organic anyway.

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  2. Sadje says:

    Great story !

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        A pleasure Li.

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  3. memadtwo says:

    We too often overlook life. Oku is vividly rendered. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes we do, Kerfe, thank you.

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  4. Very interesting and I love the idea of rocks being alive.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 I’m glad. Thank you, Punam.

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      1. You are welcome. 🙂

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  5. Reena Saxena says:

    The description of Oku also resembled that of a tree. Humans make the same mistake of seeing movement as life.

    There is a theory that all matter is compressed energy. And anything with moving electrons can be brought to life some day.

    Excellent take!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I love this info on compressed energy, thank you. Glad you liked it, Reena.

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  6. You brought Oku alive through all four seasons. Inspirational post JadeLi.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Len, thank you very much.

      Like

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