In-Betweens

By Hannah Cauthen

November 27, 2017

In-Betweens

A tiny green lizard clings to a brick outside the window. It takes in the late-morning light, attempting to combat the smooth chill in the air. I watch people filtering in and out of the restaurant wearing sweaters too thick for early September in Georgia. 

Blue eyes and an appropriately thick sweater sit across from me. “The world feels so much bigger when it’s cold,” he says with hash brown in hand while I stare in awe. “Brighter, too,” he continues, “like everything is snapped awake. The world just feels wide open, you know?” He goes on with breakfast; I contemplate the wide openness of the world. 

Before my thoughts spiral too far inward, I ask him about his schedule; something mundane that shouldn’t spark an existential crisis. He talks of meetings and I talk of books, and eventually we come to adventures we took with the same smooth chill slipping through hair and grazing over skin. We conclude that this in-between is the best season—when the long light of summer mixes with the brisk liveliness of fall. 

I look again at the lizard by the window. His pale yellow neck pulses every few seconds—a clawed foot juts out now and then for a stretch. I think he is content with this in-between as well. He can feel the cold ripple over his scales just before the sun washes him in warmth. He can feel the give and take of the world, perched on his little brick.

Comments (8) - Post a Comment
Felt a shiver at just the right moment...thanks for the thought-poem.
Scott at 9:06am EST - November 27, 2017
Such beautiful and vivid imagery in such few words. Lovely.
Kristin at 11:57am EST - November 27, 2017
This is so fine, and holds such luring mystery as to who exactly this couple IS. Just the right choice of WORDS. Great writing!
katherine soniat at 11:57am EST - November 27, 2017
Enjoyed the scene you painted with words!
Gladys at 3:43pm EST - November 27, 2017
I agree with Kristin's comment above. This made me want to put on a sweater!! Proud of you. Love, Nana
MaryAnn Cauthen at 4:57pm EST - November 27, 2017
I love the "smooth chill" . . .
Beth at 12:13am EST - November 30, 2017
Love this
Autumn Shah at 9:29am EST - November 30, 2017
Look at my little sister using all those ten dollar words. You go girl! Proud of ya.
Matthew at 3:34pm EST - December 5, 2017


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