Objects with humane characteristics


The sun Painted the valley with a golden blanket.

Esperanza Rising (story) Example 2

"Did you know that when you lie down on the land, you can feel it breathe? That you can feel it's heart beating? Papi, I want to feel it , she said. Come. They walked to the end of the row, where the incline of the land formed a grassy smell. Papa lay down on his stomach and looked up at her, patting the ground next to him. Esperanza smoothed her dress and knelt down. Then, like a caterpillar, she slowly inched flat next to him, their faces looking at each other. The warm sun pressed on one of Espernza's cheeks and the warm earth on the other. She giggled. Shhh, he said. You can only feel the heart beat when you are still and quiet . She swallowed her laughter and after a moment said, I can't hear it, Papi. Wait a little while and the fruit will fall into your hand. You must be patient, Esperanza. She waited and lay silent, watching papa's eyes. And then she Felt it. Softly at first. A gentle thumping. Then stronger. A resonding thud, thud, thud against her body. She could her it to. The beat rushing in her ears. Shoomp, Shoomp ,Shoomp. She started at papa, not wanting to say a word. Not wanting to lose the sound. Not wanting to forget the feel of the heart of the valley.

She pressed closer to the ground, until her body was breathing with the earth's. And with papa's. The three beating together. She smiled at papa, not needing to talk, her eyes saying everything. And his smile answered hers. Telling her that he knew she had felt it.