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In by Lucía on September 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Upwards of 70 years old, Don arrives at the observatory every morning by 3:20am to test ash samples along the 16-mile perimeter of a volcanic caldera before the wind disturbs them.  On these mornings, he’s greeted by the sweet, mellow sounds of Hawaiian music that drift to him from above screen after computer screen of illuminated data.  He’s an emeritus scientist, and as he starts his day, his eyes still sparkle just to see the delicate seismic instruments scratch back and forth.  He knows: these lines are perfectly unpredictable, but they’re there, etching out delicate lifelines, drawing the earth’s quiet heartbeat.

  1. Wow, this might be one of the best ones you’ve written yet. The last line! Beautiful!

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