A Mutual Dance

woodpeckers: A Mutual Dance - Spectre of the Brocken

Woodpeckers pecking at his house. 

Their rhythmic drumming embedded through the wall. 

Frustrated, he retaliates by banging back on the interior wall, startling the birds into flight.

With a nonchalant gesture, he slides open the door and pisses outside off his deck, embracing the complexity of nature, studying the first onslaught of the bird’s damage. 

He returns with a loose slipper misstep snagged on the door threshold, sending him tumbling to the living room floor. 

He catches himself as he lands on his chest, twists to his back, and bursts into laughter.

Gazing upward and undeterred, he’s met with the familiar sight of the woodpecker in return flight, ready to resume its assault on his house. 

The cycle of pecking and laughter. 

Laughter and pecking. 

Creates a whimsical, if not chaotic, dance between man and nature. 

The pattern repeats until it borders obsession.


Pecking at the house. 

Woodpeckers: You can find this story in the collection “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the Observer.”

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Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.