In the Dark, In the Night

Sometimes I hear sounds at night. There is probably a good explanation, even if it is just that some character from another dimension wants to get the feeling of what it is like to walk through my house at night, and make little sounds to puzzle me. It might be that the spooky visit amounts to an amusement for some beings, perhaps an adventure they can share with others of their kind back in their own realm.

Maybe some night I will fall asleep and visit them in their realm. I will walk quietly through their halls and make little sounds that puzzle them too. It would only seem fair, a “quid pro quo” as the saying goes.

When my dog is dreaming, he moves his legs as if he is running somewhere. Maybe he is running through the halls of the visitors from the other dimensions, and having a lot of fun while there, leaving them wondering where that running sound is coming from, while they are trying to get some sleep.

Sometimes I hear forest animals outside my bedroom window. They live in their own world, and hardly consider that I may be listening as they go about their business. They are usually looking for something to eat. One thing we can notice about almost every living being on this planet, and that is that they are usually hungry.

However, as it just so happens, most animals cannot go to the kitchen refrigerator to get a tasty snack. Nor can they go down to the supermarket and pick out a box of ice cream sandwiches from the frozen foods section. It would be quite an unusual event to witness a dog or cat reading labels in the pet food aisle!

When all things are taken into consideration, what often sets other animals apart from humans is that humans have so many food choices, whereas the other animals have to eat what they can get, even if it means hunting for it in the dark.

On the other hand, many humans go out hunting at night too, but it is usually each other that they are hunting. Some hunt for companionship, since humans are typically lonely by nature and seek others to help assuage that yearning.

Given that we live on a war planet, it might also be that humans are hunting others because they want to eliminate them, usually for political or religious reasons. My father once told me never to discuss politics or religion with other humans, because they have very strong feeling about those topics, and will even kill each other over their beliefs.

Humans are such clever animals that they have invented ways to see each other in the dark, which makes the hunt more efficient. No mistaking a tree for the enemy now, when we can wear special glasses that make everything visible (albeit in weird shades of green). We can detect the approach of unfriendly humans and dispatch them with our special weapons as if it were broad daylight! Now that’s progress!

Of course, I am veering a bit too close to politics and religion here, so let’s get back to the animals. I happen to have one of those outdoor lights that turn on when an animal walks by. Sometimes while I am lying in bed, pondering the great whatever, the light outside will suddenly turn on. There goes another animal, I think to myself, walking right outside my house!

My wife is a great animal lover, and kindly leaves food and water around the house for the enjoyment of the many species of migrating birds that visit, as well as for the local squirrels. They return the favor by posing for her in the daylight, so she can take lots of wonderful close-ups of them having a drink, taking a bath, or munching black sunflower seeds.

Now she wants one of those motion-activated trail cameras which you can stick on a tree and automatically capture digital pictures of whatever moves in front of it at night. I am looking forward to seeing the results.

I am sure I will be surprised by the nightly traffic that the camera will document. Maybe we will also finally catch one of those sneaky inter-dimensional types tip-toeing through our garden! After all, one never knows what is lurking out there, “in the dark… in the night”.





About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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