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the mouse by the window by chirilas the mouse by the window by chirilas

    The mouse by the window

    One morning, as the sun began to shine, the little mouse came out of its hole to stare at the window as he always would. He loved the window. It was the gateway to the outside. One day, he thought, one day I will be walking through the grass that grows freely in the sun, and drink from the puddles in which the tall horses step as they go their way taking princes and princesses to the ball-room.

    Each day morning he would dream like that until the cat came prancing in. Sure enough, being the only inlet to the house that's open, through the window. Gallant and full of pride, the old cat would yawn, then stretch, then look around, then chase the poor mouse back into his hole. Each day morning by that time, the mouse was sad.

    One morning, it happened that the farmer left a piece of cheese laying on the table. The smell of it, the sight, was something of a fairytale and thus the mouse thought, "I can not get the piece of cheese. The cat will come and that, for sure, will be the end of me. I could however, shut the window. Thus having no way to come in, the cat will stay outside and I after I ate and watched the cat, thus in defeat, so walk away, could surely squeeze through a felt-open crack down at the base of the window, out into liberty someday."

    The mouse, so overcome as he now was, did not waste time. He watched the farmer as he did before, the tie undone to watch the window fall. And so he did. The mechanism worked. The cat, he noticed then, was there outside, no way of coming in, the cheese still on the table, he thought, "bone appetite to me!".

    This story is however not a tragedy, or not quite yet. The cheese was large, yet our mouse carried it inside, bit by bit. He feasted upon it until it was gone, then slept, then awoke to the sound of what reminded him of nothing short of tall white horses. He jumped, then ran to the window. The cat was gone. It had rained. And there they were, the giant hoof stepped in the puddle down below. What sight! What wondrous event! His heart grew larger beating twice as hard, making the tiny creature throb. He looked down to the base of the window, first to the right, then to the left. Then the enlightenment came, there was no crack. His little mouse-mind thought it wrong. It would have been the most convenient thing, for it to work out in that way, but yet it didn't. So then his heart shrunk back to being little, and heavy, as if it were made of tin. The cat may never come again to chase him, but to the mouse, that was no consolation.

    He sat himself down then, and watched the horses pass, the rain as it then fell, the sun, behind the clouds it passed, the moon then in the night, the cat jump in, through other windows, until of bitter sadness there he died.

    Now all that's left of that there mouse, is this here closen window, that i could not help but to photograph.

    *this is a fictional story, no mice were harmed in the process of it*

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AlessandraImperio Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
alas to avoid a peril we sometimes risk forgetting to live...

Nice picture and wise story!
chirilas Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
thanks =D
canuckgurl22 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
This is really great work -- both story and photograph. I read it twice, haha. You can talk about it more to me online if you like, haha. I find it really enhanced the beautiful photo. :)
chirilas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Professional Photographer
i shot the photo last august while roaming through the house listening to the The Village soundtrack, just like the mouse-view picture. i liked the window frame and the lighting, sadly i couldnt help the stuff outside :( Air noticed it right away ... theres no pleasant landscape out the window haha and yeah its true. at first i didnt know what to do with the image, then ... well... whats the word im looking for *flashback from the movie Hook* Mr. Smee: "A piffy-what?" haha i got it, an Epiphany, yeah and i came up with the story. when i have pics that by themselves arent much, then i just come up with some abstract thing to bind to them like a story to give them more meaning.
Mierzeja Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
chirilas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Professional Photographer
voyager01 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Hahaha. I love the little disclaimer at the end of the story. Nice shot.
chirilas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Professional Photographer
thanks :D haha

funny enough, each time i look at the shot ... i look for the mouse :(
there never was any mouse to begin with in the shot
DanidaeSkye Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Great story and lovely picture! :D
chirilas Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Professional Photographer
DanidaeSkye Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
You're very welcome! :D
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Submitted on
July 17, 2007
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1.7 MB


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Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
44 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 7, 2006, 4:04:28 PM


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