The rat

rat_showerSeems like the snake has laid eyes on the rat this year. Unfortunately it’s now that the rat is vulnerable, obtuse and slightly disoriented. It happens.

But the rat is less likely to be the first to give up. No matter how tired he is he will bite his way through. After cheating the ox, the cat and abusing the elephant, he doesn’t really have many friends, but the truth is, as a recluse, he has never really been good with friends. He didn’t mean to do all that stuff. Of course he has dear ones in his life whom he trusts with his life, but he doesn’t see them much, which makes them special. Besides he needs a lot of space for himself. The only thing that saddens him is that nobody really knows him. Every one awakens a different part of you and thus sends you mentally towards a different route. One may motivate you to pursue self-completion and the other would put you on the love plane, where you might easily go blind and forget who you are. The rat knows better now, the so-called honeymoon phase is not to be trusted. Every fire will go out. Thus the rat’s mother has always advised him to steer clear of disappointments and one should always trust his own instincts more than anything. So the rat has always counted on self-reliance. It’s the safest thing to do.

But never has the rat met anyone who is worthy of his kindness.

When the rat went off to see the world, he made a lot of friends and even fell for a pig that did him no good, but it was his first encounter with romance. It took him a long time to realize it was based on lie, but that doesn’t matter, he made friends with other fellow rats and even some oxen, rabbits and tigers. Going through tough time also means to learn from them. A horse gave him a little ride as well, but wishful thinking has almost gotten him again. Phases of uncertainty and demoralization have been dragging the rat down a lot lately. Moreover, he cannot handle the 21st century mind, as everyone he cares about seems to fall into a downward spiral. It’s either save her friends and risk falling into the spiral with them or simply leave this place. The rat is scared of indecision within people, because he won’t ever feel good enough for them. As long as indecision rules them, he won’t ever be able to help them.

But most importantly the rat has learnt. There’s movement in the water. And like the water he must move. And like the air he has to travel. And his passion will soon burn like fire. And the earth will be the solid ground he walks on.

The rat packs his bag.


by Paula Deckard (c) 2013

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