Up on the Roof: My Silent Night After a Turbulent Day

GargoyleAs I’ve mentioned in a previous post (This is that Post), I like to go up on the roof to think after a particularly rough day.  From my vantage point atop the House on the Hill, I have a wonderful view of Downtown Bangor, my surrounding neighborhood, and the stars in the night sky.

Not long after taking refuge on the highest point on my property, I was joined by Gary the Gargoyle, who also enjoys reflecting in my quiet place.  He’s the perfect partner for such an activity because he knows how to stay stone cold quiet when I need him to be.

Tonight, we just sat there, not a word passing between us, but a million deep thoughts rushing around inside our heads.  Sometimes, I wish that I were a gargoyle and could simply fly away from the stress, or better yet, speed through the night sky and not have to worry about what was going on in the ever maddening world below me.

Even though I consider myself to be an advanced Deep Thinker, I still find myself utterly lost when it comes to trying to understand why people behave as they do.  How can someone, during what has to be the happiest time of the year, go on a rampage and cause so much pain?  Why would anyone ever think he had the right to drag complete innocents into his chaos?  The world makes less sense to me by the day.

When people ask me why I moved to Maine, I never give them a straight answer.  One of my favorite replies is that I was trying to get as far away from the crazy as possible without having to leave the continental United States.

Clearly, I did not travel far enough.

I love writing this blog because it allows me to escape into the ever enjoyable world of the Maine that exists in my imagination.  Try as I might, however, I could not bring myself to write one of my silly posts tonight.  I could not find the wormhole into my overactive imagination when my mind was so distracted.

So forgive me, Modern Philosophers, if I don’t bring laughter into your little outpost in the cyber world tonight.  Instead, I’m bringing you some Deep Thoughts and encouraging you to put on your togas and ponder on life.

That I have a Gargoyle for company right now is a very comforting sign, as it means that the sadness of the day has not completely sapped me of my access to my great escape.  I hope you all have your personal Gargoyle within reach right now.  It’s always good to have something rock solid nearby when the world throws you for a loop.

I am going to say a prayer, let the stars remind me of the beauty still out there to be discovered, and then call the Girl Who Calms My Troubled Waters.  Be well, my friends.



About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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20 Responses to Up on the Roof: My Silent Night After a Turbulent Day

  1. Very beautifully said. Peace and comfort to you and your Gargoyle up on the roof and, of course, The Girl.

  2. There is no rational answer – its a manifestation of pure evil and chaos. I had to write a poem about today, as well.

  3. Teresa Cleveland Wendel says:

    This reflective style was unexpected but appropriate on this sad and disappointing day.

  4. Too cold in Maine, and December to be up there-get down. But you’re right. The ugliness of an idiot in a Connecticut schoolyard turned even my 70 degree Southern California day ice cold. I appreciate your sober spirit on this very sad day. I have a 5 year old….

  5. I feel similarly. But our normally cool President was visibly shaken…not made of stone, after all. I wrote what I hope is a sensitive poem on the subject. Tell me what you think….after the gargoyle leaves…one mustn’t be impolite! Peace, brother.

  6. gatesitter says:

    Peace, be assured you could never disappoint your friends and readers….enjoy the stars, they can refuel our souls….Think that’s why He made them.

  7. dhonour says:

    I appreciated this, greatly. I DID travel outside the US, and here I sit, still as deeply affected, trying to make sense, which is impossible to do. I am broken hearted, not only for the families of those affected, but for my country, which seems to be losing it’s way.

  8. I don’t know….humans do not have a very good track record, do we….

  9. lapoetaflor says:

    Beautiful heart felt post, exactly what the world needs right now.

  10. I think, especially after such heart wrenching tragedies, we just need that time to be still…to let those closest to us know we love them, and to grieve.

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