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Into the ceiling

Once more the Lumbar Brothers have made a fuss, putting me into forced rest. Sister Sciatic did nothing this time.

Nothing to do but stay still and do some potato couching while listening to some nice, gentle music. Hopefully the play-list is rather long, and very far from its end.

My moves are limited to the very strict necessity. No interesting book at hand, still no wifi at home, so reading the news or simply getting some distraction are no easy tasks. Playing guitar, bass or even the didgeridoo is defintively not practical in this position.

Today is my second « dead rat » special day. I can’t sleep in spite of my meds, although their box holds the yellow sign saying « do not drive when under this medication »; I should be snoring like a cat under the spring sun. I simply can’t.

Outside the birds are having their day-to-day musical performance. This is a great help while slowly getting up in the morning, or while evacuating one’s soul in the evening, but still, no effect. My brain is running like a fool. Ideas and thoughts come and go, but until the Lumbar Brothers are quiet again there will be no real rest for me.

Lying on the sofa I can only spend my time watching the ceiling. It is rather low in my home, at a little more than seven feet. Beware, because its wooden beams could make you see a few stars. The ceiling is white, but the number of white nuances is astounding, varying with the light intensity, the covered material and its surface. The beams show the grain of their wood, while the coating slightly shines.

It is spring, and a few flies are having a walk up there, as if they were on a frozen lake that would have been brought there upside down. Are they really on the ceiling, or else am I lying onto their ceiling? I bet they don’t care about it, and methink they care more about the octopod weavers hidden in the borders. They could so quickly be trapped into a web; no need to end up as a meal for those greedoes. They must still be very hungry after the drowsiness of this rather long, cold winter . One of them has left her former skin next to the window.

The ceiling, which a few minutes ago still seemed a uniform surface now looks like a slopped landscape with hills, impacts craters, mounts, and even pits that could morph into ponds if the ice started to melt. Now this landscape in not as slick as it seemed, but rather grainy and uneven. While lowering down my horizon, the sun brings more light up there and produces what could be a false sunrise, just before letting the night come down.

By letting my sight wander onto this unlikely country, the surface starts to dance and shiver. A few darks spots appear here and there, and disappear as soon as I try to fix my eyes onto them. Is it an optical illusion, or else a funny side effect of something else? Slowly abandoning its relative flatness the ceiling is now taking more and more depth, up to swallowing me up in its improbable slopes. I am now flying within its serpentine valleys, each moment getting closer to its surface, so close that I can distinct fractures, canyons and abysses that make it look like the chitinous skin of some benthic arthropod.

My flight accelerates even more, and the landscape slips quicker and quicker around me. Here and there I vaguely notice creatures, most of them as stunned as me. Some seem to have threatening intentions but most are totally indifferent to my incursion into their territory.

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One more acceleration and I suddenly recover some height, just before a last sharp curve leads me straight towards the ground in an astounding acceleration.

I open my eyes into the weak evening light. The ceiling has recovered its usual frozen lake appearance. The trip is over.

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  1. Jean
    21 août 2011 à 15:32

    This is a translation of the french version I wrote last April:


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