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Stranger in the Park, Digging For Gold ???

Updated on November 30, 2011


Planting flowers or digging for gold?

Looking down at my waterproof boots,

l felt glad l´d worn them despite the sunshine,

The ground was still soaked from so much overnight rain,

The grass, so green, it glowed like emeralds,

Suddenly in the silence of my sojourn,

l heard a methodic, repetitive sound.

It was the sound of a spade or shovel

slicing into the ground and the earth being thrown aside.

It was just at the end of all the ancient gravestones.

Soon, l came across an old man digging........

¨Good morning¨,. My friendly greeting,

was met with a scowl and a forced ´mm ´mornin´´.

My feelings in this quiet place began to develop into that of

¨We´re the only 2 people on the planet.´. eerie......

¨Will you be planting more of those lovely flowers

l asked judging by the depth of the hole thus far.

Nope. Just digging a hole´¨

Ha Ha, right,. not flowers., potatoes. They grow so well with plenty of rain

don´t they¨

¨l´m just digging a hole, ¨

Üh huh.... er.... ok.....´

Ïs it going to be much bigger?¨l annoyingly pressed on.

3ft x 4 ft and 12 inches deep.´

just digging a hole.

l was beginning to feel uncomfortable. l wished l hadn´t bothered

to say ´Good Morning¨.. But curiosity was winning me over.....

This beautiful patch of common land with one oak tree,

a few bushes and lots of wild flowers.and an old man is just ´digging a hole?¨

¨So are you going to plant anything.. wait a minute..... l know

You´re going to bury something aren´t you, like a time capsule?.

When someone digs it up 100 years from now, they´ll have an exciting ´find´

Objects from today, a piece of history....?´

Nope.! Just digging a hole.

The discomfort l´d started to feel was now turning into mild fear.

Time to leave methinks.........

Äh well it´s been nice talking to you, must go now.

It´s a beautiful day isn´t it? After so much rain.?

l hope your project works out well.

¨l´m just digging a hole.´...

The words were ringing in my ears as l turned and walked away

from this strange old man.

l think l´ll just be grateful the hole isn´t ME size.!!!!!!!


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Your comment has me laughing. It was a slightly weird one I know. I´m so glad you liked it even though it was kind of odd....

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    RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

    I am SOOOO curious as to what he wanted to just dig a hole for! Suspence! Maybe you can go back there one day and see if there is just a hole there, or if he covered it back in. If it's covered, wow... I don't know.

    I loved this! A small piece of life that makes one wonder about all the other small pieces that sometimes just don't fit. A puzzle. An almost mundane mystery that makes us realize life isn't really mundane at all.

    Yep, this was cool, and I'm glad I read it!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hee Hee.! Thanks Tony.

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    Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

    Sounds almost Sisyphean! Just digging! Great! Loved it.

    Love and peace


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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi there,.!!! Hope all is well with you too.

    I´m still struggling a bit, miss my friends etc. , bot in 2 weeks time we travel to see my grandaughter, it´s only about 200 miles. l.m so excited and she is too.

    Don´t quite know where l was going with ´the grave digger´, must have been the halloween spirit. god. bless.xxxxx

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    singlmomat52 7 years ago

    Nice Dim!!! Thank you for the riddle! Hope all is well with you!! blessings!!!


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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for being the 1st person to ´´get it´´. Love you , man as always x

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    Micky Dee 7 years ago

    I dig the hole. Fill it. Repeat. Thank you Dear Dim!