Take It All In


“Take a seat,” Paul said, pointing to the bench at the edge of the park. “Now close your eyes, old friend, and take it all in.”

Chester did as Paul suggested, sat down on the bench, and closed his eyes. “Now what?”

“Just listen,” Paul responded. “Open your ears, your mind, your imagination.”

Chester sighed and followed Paul’s instructions. He heard the chirping, singing, and squawking of a variety of birds. He heard the sounds of dogs, large and small, barking, of children playing, of car horns honking, and of shoed horses’ hooves clopping along the cobblestones.

He heard the creaking of the branches of large, old trees swaying from the breezes. In the distance he heard the faint sounds of some street musicians playing acoustic guitars and drums.

After a few moments Chester opened his eyes, looked over at Paul, and said, “So?”

“Don’t you hear it?” Paul asked.

“Hear what? You mean all that noise?”

“You call that noise?” Paul said with a tone of irritation in his voice. “You’re such a curmudgeon. That “noise” is a beautiful symphony of the sounds of nature in concert with those of the city. It’s breathtaking. It’s inspiring.”

“A symphony, you say? Chester mocked. “No, it’s a cacophony,” Chester said. “It’s just a lot of noise that doesn’t blend or harmonize.”

“You’re a cantankerous old fart,” an exasperated Paul said.

“Actually,” Chester said, “I’m a hungry old fart. Let’s head over to that deli on 3rd Avenue for a symphony of culinary delights.”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “symphony.”

17 thoughts on “Take It All In

  1. ladygaladriel50 August 3, 2017 / 9:02 am

    I love it. One man’s symphony is another man’s cacophony. I am now listening to a symphony of normal house noise, now that the dehumidifier has done its job of drying our floors after a massive leak, and returned to its owner. Bliss!

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    • Fandango August 3, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Ha! Yes, thee are symphonies all around us. All you need to do is listen for them.


  2. Kijo August 3, 2017 / 9:02 am

    So, are you Paul or Chester?


    • Fandango August 3, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Neither. I’m the cloppity horse.


  3. D. A. M. Steelman August 3, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Ha! Love this. It is amazing how the same sounds, smells, etc. can be interpreted so differently…

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    • Fandango August 3, 2017 / 10:36 am

      All in the eyes…and ears…of the beholder.


  4. newepicauthor August 3, 2017 / 9:22 am

    That cacophony was wonderful last night, it excited my imagination and expanded my notion about what real music sounds like, as it forced me to look beyond the notes which most people just consider to be a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds.

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  5. Sight11 August 3, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Hey wait for me.. Finally.. Musical Anhedonia..

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    • Fandango August 3, 2017 / 10:37 am

      “Anhedonia.” Why are you always using words I have to look up?

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      • Sight11 August 3, 2017 / 10:41 am

        Sorry, sorry Sensei..


      • Sight11 August 3, 2017 / 10:53 am

        No that was just my stomach.. They were going out to eat, but sadly it was not a vegetarian outlet..

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