Jarn’s Journal, Day 615 #SFFSat

Jarn’s Journal is the fictional journal of a human-like alien stranded on Earth roughly 125,000 years ago. The entire Journal to date is on my author website, including the last two weeks, which I did include on my main website. A somewhat longer version of this post is on my main website.

I dreamed last night.

I don’t dream very often, but the bodies leaping in the firelight, the flash of feathers and body paint, and the singing and drumming that accompanied them followed me into sleep. This morning I looked again at the things they had given me, and again I was impressed by the fact that everything these people make is ornamented in some way.

My people love beauty. Perhaps once more than a very few of us could create it, for what we brought with us from R’il’n is more than we can create in these times.

Could it be genetic? I know the stories of lost R’il’n: that there were two suns in the sky, and astronomers warned that the smaller would eventually collide with the larger. It was already disrupting our orbit. We had star flight, and it was agreed that we should split up and search for another place where we could live. Art and culture – the creation of beauty – received very little attention, I suspect, in those years when we were building the great ships that might save our people.

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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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9 Responses to Jarn’s Journal, Day 615 #SFFSat

  1. pippajay says:

    Sounds like the dream left him regretting what his people might have lost.

  2. jccassels says:

    Curiouser and curiouser.

  3. Love the setting. Intriguing!

  4. Gayle Ramage says:

    Great description. Nice to find out a bit more about his home world.

  5. “Art and culture – the creation of beauty – received very little attention, I suspect, in those years when we were building the great ships that might save our people.”

    Gorgeous prose, so heavy with sentiment!

  6. Actually his musings are a remote back story within a remote back story.

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