A bright sickle and a star are the only things shining in the evening sky. For a while, the sky is the unbelievable shade of blue sometimes defined as Maxfield Parrish blue. The reason we fall back on a painter to describe it, and not words, is because you have to see it. Opaque, luminous, a deep unmoving azul, made from dusted chalk, the sky is like velvet. It saturates. So, leave it to the painter, and your luck. Why not better the odds: go outside more frequently.
There are other colors, too. And this is why it is so important to go outside. While you might have paid dearly for all those view-seeking windows, they are frames, and they don’t allow you to see beyond them, no matter how big they are. The only thing those windows do is bang up little birds, and glare—malcontent with their near constant state of no contents.
We’ve been enjoying what seems a very quiet span in Sagg. Proof of this is that the sole remaining flock of Sagg’s indigenous guinea fowl have not suffered a roadside fatality yet (it’s coming, we know). The main traffic in Sagg isn’t its residents, it’s its workers, and they tend to arrive early. There is a building boom in Sagg, but because it belongs largely to few, they have well-organized teams. Thanks to the silver lunch bus, they don’t need to leave the job all day. The road has belonged to farm equipment and delivery vehicles, sometimes hauling a lawn of stacked sod, or a tree, a conifer strapped down like King Kong, easing through our streets.
All that is about to change—or, to put it more accurately, it won’t be changed, it will be added to. The people who have houses here begin to arrive. From here on, the tempo builds and falls, but never shall fall again to where it was last night: so quiet that as I tried to sleep, I was not at peace but on alert; I was focused on listening, the way one strains to see in the darkness.
Finally, I could hear a carpenter bee gnawing, I could hear my distant neighbor’s fountain trickling. I could hear a small wave as it folded and slapped at the shore.