Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Feeling of Bats

I should have left earlier.
Darkness creeps in.
It touches the nape of my neck
And brushes my heels
Spinning wildly on the pedals.
Shadows of darkness
I've heard can get caught in my hair
As it streams out behind me in ribbons
Luring the creatures in.
Head low.
Elbows bent.
Careening home
Under the shadows
That flit and follow.

Can you tell how I feel about bats? I remember this night so vividly as I rode my bike home from the neighbor's house when I was probably 10 years old. I could see the bats as they appeared to be following me in the dim light. I so wished I'd started for home earlier!
To this day I cannot stand bats. I know. They are good mosquito eaters. But mosquitoes like me more than anyone else. I'm like a buffet for mosquitoes and, consequently, for bats. I
will not change my mind about bats, so don't even go there!


  1. Wow, it is strange how we were both thinking of night. Maybe because night is coming faster lately? I usually like seeing the bats hanging out at dusk eating, eating, but have never had a close encounter, & especially when I was young. I love your 'elbows bent, head low, heading home'. Such a picture of careening speed, & scary. You made it scary!

  2. I was in the car and tried to hit "Publsh" on my iPhone but my husband hit a bump and I tapped "Delete" instead. So I'm copying and pasting:

    teacherdance said...

    I've named you a Versatile Blogger. Check it out!

  3. I used to fear bats, dread them . . .but I've learned to co-exist with them and be grateful because they do eat ALL the mosquitoes here. Still, I do not want them in the house or in my hair!


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