Talking to the Moon by John, Joseph Mathews

By John, Joseph Mathews

Chatting with the Moon is an strange and fascinating tale of a Thoreau-like event in distant northeastern Oklahoma.Following his college schooling and his carrier as a pilot in global warfare I, John Joseph Mathews lower back to his loved Osage nation. He outfitted a sandstone condo on a blackjack-covered ridge in the course of his ranch, and there he lived for ten years, stirred via a wildlife that was once nonetheless undisturbed by means of the calls for of civilization. He grew to become part of the lifestyles that moved approximately his cottage.In this pretty account of what he observed and did and suggestion, Mathews describes his solitary lifestyles one of the creatures of the ridge with infrequent notion and style.His observations are in line with the white man's seasons in addition to the Indian cycles of the moon, and he discourses upon the oddities of guy, the habit of animals (including the communicative speaking to-the-moon coyote), and the surrounding and specific fantastic thing about his desert domestic. Even the main jaded reader could be touched by way of the sensitivity and generosity of Mathews' reaction to the flora and fauna. To learn speaking to the Moon is to be reminded that this global as soon as existed for we all.

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Life is fully aware and vital after the languor of the summer, but quiescent; even the prairie breezes are stilled, and the leaves do not break the silence. When the sun slips into the prairie and adds orange and its own red to the mad coloring of the ridge, the cold air creeps up from the creek bottom. The blackjacks then become expectant; their black boles become blacker, and the whole ridge becomes filled with mystery. As the moon startles the world over the east ridge, the questing howl of a coyote sets others to howling in every direction, but later there will be the hunting cry of distant hounds.

I hoped that this would be sufficient as an explanation, but the sly, patronizing smile on the man's face led me on until I out-Virgiled Virgil. "Well," I added with damning hesitation, "he .... well, as a matter of fact, he's been a sorta soldier of fortune, in a way; you know, he .... a man like that might have his enemies. You can't tell who might come prowling around the ranch house at night. A knife has to be used by an expert to be effective, you know. Seems he's been mixed up in a couple of revolutions in Mexico and South America.

They twist in black masses, reaching almost to the ground, and have the characteristics of hard rubber when an ax is applied to them. One who knows them is extremely chary about approaching them with an ax. Where they grow thickest the wary crows roost in them. The dead brown leaves hang on to them until the buds of spring push them off, thus providing protection from the cold winds, and the stiff black lances discourage many a marauder. Even if a prowler could manage to climb laboriously through these lances, he could not do so silently.

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