Sub Astra

Responding to Denise six sentence story using the word watch.

On a cold, clear Saturday night in early January I’m standing on the periphery of my garage pouring my fourth glass of Captain Morgans Original Spiced Rum.

I lift my glass to the heavens to toast Balthazar’s camel, having already toasted the Magi individually and still having two camels and three gifts to go.

Stuck in my new years resolutions and planning mode, and perhaps with the help of the rum, I turn introspective and wonder what gifts I have to offer the world.

Wakening from my reverie, I stare down at my empty glass and decide it’s time to toast Melchior’s camel

Refilling my glass I gaze upward and watch the myriad stars twinkling in the clear Winter sky, and wonder if Heaven is above the stars, and if my mother is looking down on me and also wonder if there is a God in Heaven who really cares. 

But above all I wonder if there really can be peace on earth and good will to all, or is that just a pipe dream, and I sigh and decide it’s time to toast Caspar’s camel, L’chaim, Shalom.

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Born Stepney, London, England. Emigrated to Canada. Married, two children, six grandchildren. Retired. Conservative and cultural catholic. LOVE soccer. Tottenham Hotspur. Read historical and fantasy fiction..

33 thoughts on “Sub Astra

  1. Has a bit of self-deprecating humor (LOL’d at “having two camels and three gifts to go”); as well as pathos and thoughtfully deep musings. The setting works so well, made me feel I was watching you watch the night heavens. Lovely, sweet, poignant, and well done. Shalom, Jane


    1. Thank you very much for your kind comments, Jane. Not so much now, but back in the day, I loved going outside on a crisp Winters night and looking up at the stars. I always brought my bottle of rum with me, rum and diet coke. I am a reflective drunk, not a party animal.

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  2. I was sitting in the lawn chair you forgot to bring into the garage the other night 😀
    Wonderfully visual Six. Nothing like a clear, ink black winter sky with a plethora of sparkling stars.


    1. Thank you, Mimi. So much we don’t know about the universe; 96% of the universe is made up of dark matter and energy and only 4% of matter such as the stars and planets. Our Milky Way galaxy is estimated to have 100 billion stars and there are two trillion galaxies. The mind boggles at the thought.


  3. Mimi, not surprisingly, has anticipated the direction of my thought on your Six.*

    What I hear, when, as is the nature of any good Six to set the Reader’s mind wandering, is ‘As above so below’.

    Although, I immediately think, ‘whoa, that backwards, right?’ I decide… well, maybe</em. Being Monday morning, most of my extra, non-work-related word supply is put away, so I will go with:

    Good Six. As is most of our ambitions here, if we are not telling a story with a pre-set narrative, your Six Sentence Story is thought-provoking.

    My own inclination is to take from your narrative: personal responsibility (to salute the ideas 'above') and a sense of positive potential ( “L’chaim, Shalom” ) the potential for good is inherent in the world, as we experience it.

    *that said, as a clark** she has a much more personable aspect
    ** one of three personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine


  4. Thank you, Clark. I read quickly through your Wakefield Doctrine and to me it was a fun fantasy read which I’ll probably pursuit at some point. I will have to decide which of these three categories I can climb into, I’m not sure yet. We are a strange species, it would take a million years of living to come close to understanding us.


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