epsilon_pegasi: (giraffe: to the dark)

What giraffe sees is far away.

Giraffe belongs to the open spaces. Wide and lacking coverage, the giraffe feels safe only where all is visible. Above it, and breathing it in. Aware, vigilant seer who is always seen. There is no hiding when you’re a giraffe. Always seeking threats, never relaxing the aerial visions. The giraffe fears only what it cannot see, too many lions to focus on, what unknowns lurk in shadows and bushes. A giraffe must know. But the threats, when found, are either far away or close enough to kick. Cautious of the world though it may be, the giraffe is above-it-all in more than a literal sense, feeling almost otherworldly in its consciousness. Detached.

Eyes wide on the horizon, stilts walk without feeling the ground, giraffe lives in the treetops while the hooves remain earthbound. But for the tickle of grass against the ankles, the world of under-foot is too far to know, or care. Giraffe moves as if levitating, drifting through life without attachments. The giraffe does not form lasting bonds, groups being loose and ever-changing. A giraffe may make company of zebras, or birds even, but isn’t prone to kinship.

Neck is more than height. It is for touching, a way to communicate desire or competition. A strong appendage that will take beatings of bones and poundings of flesh. Feel the air blowing around it, catching scents from above, and hearing the distance. Blood rushes through it, pounding, for war, for love, for food. It is the life-giver to a giraffe. The tongue extends onwards towards leaves, wrapping around rough branches, taking even the thorns, which the mouth is hard enough to devour without feeling their pricks. Many things to the giraffe are without feeling.

The Egyptians made the hieroglyphic of “prophecy” in the shape of a giraffe, and depicted them in tombs as a means to foretell danger, because its keen vision saw beyond the horizons of others. In The Book of Going Forth by Day, the giraffe is said to be a demon that guards travelers in the underworld. They were kept as pets by many cultures, and the giraffe, though wild, can take captivity in stride, not being a creature willful for wildness.

Date: Sun, Jan. 6th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] feralkiss
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Awesome to see some life in there! I hope the radiant obscurity project will pick up in activity. Thanks for helping with this.

Date: Thu, Jan. 10th, 2013 12:52 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] sonne_windsoul
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Yeah, I hope I get myself to work on Radiant Obscurities some more this month, as I've unfortunately neglected it recently (in part due to offline and personal matters), but I've wanted to get back to working on the project.

Date: Thu, Jan. 10th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] sonne_windsoul
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Thank you for sharing this here, it was a nice, intriguing read :). Also thank you for giving this project a sort of "poke"--I haven't been publicly working on it in months and I specifically made a note/goal to myself for this month (before you posted this writing) to work some on Radiant Obscurities (privately and/or publicly). This writing sounds like it would be a great addition to the R.O. site :).

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