‘Forty-three years ago today, Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever walk on the moon. In celebration of Moon Day we want you to write 33 words about someone who took a giant leap. It can mean whatever you’d like, just make sure you write exactly 33 words.’


John strode confidently ahead along the path. Suddenly he seemed to levitate, rising high and landing far. ‘What a jump!’ I exclaimed.

‘Amazing how athletic sleeping puff-adders can make one,’ he responded, pointing.



Gap between boulders too wide; landing-place too insecure; drop between frightening. In turn we three boys poised ourselves, but couldn’t summon the courage.

Later I returned alone, and did it. What a confidence-builder!



Time and again Mozart tried taking the giant leap. Strain them to the limit, as he did, chains of convention bound him. Then came someone who broke the chains. His name was Beethoven.


© July 2012 Colonialist (WordPress/Letterdash)

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  1. Marco says:

    I like #1 – but I can relate to it 😀


  2. A little adrenaline can move mountains. Thanks for linking us this week. Remember we only accept one entry per writer per challenge. We hope to see you back for the longer challenge.


  3. Love the snake – Wonder how high I’d jump?


  4. One of my profs in grad school had an archaeologist husband who had to make an indiana-jones like leap to avoid getting bitten by a copperhead.


  5. Ruth2Day says:

    Puff adder leap is the winner! 🙂 I can’t believe it was 43 years ago that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon…but then again…did he really?


  6. jannatwrites says:

    I especially like the first one – it made me jump! I laughed because I’d jump, too (and then run as if I was in a qualifying race for a spot on the Olympic track team.)


  7. Serendipity says:

    Hi Col,

    Ah, the puff adder elicits the same response as our rattlesnake, indeed. In fact I had one under my front step a couple weeks ago. Only 2×6 boards separated my feet and that snake when I discovered it. It was a bit startling. Looks much like a rattlesnake, except the lack of the rattle, and the scale pattern being chevron rather than more diamond-like.

    Although you clearly have the winner in the trifecta, I have an entry. The theme made me think of one of my own more giant leaps. I just don’t know how to enter it.

    “I ran with a crazy crowd of expert skiers, and with the group was incautious. One spring day the upper snow was poor so we bailed off the chairlift in midair at midway.”

    I actually came by to tell you that this week Haiku Monday is at:



  8. The Asian says:

    #3 does the trick for me 🙂


  9. LIke the others, my favorite is the puff adder. I did the same thing over a snake in the house one day — and then swore — and got called on it by my children. I told them swearing was justified in that instance. 🙂


  10. Lumdog says:

    This reminds me of a hike to a waterfall in the south of France. As I was walking through lush green vines covering the ground, I noticed a sign which read: Atttention Serpents!, which is French for snakes. I looked down and I realized the ground was covered with them! I don’t know whether they were poisoness, but needless to say, I lept my way out of there.


  11. Three excellent responses, Col.


  12. I agree with ad…even the pic of the puffader makes me jump 🙂


    • colonialist says:

      I have seen very many of those creatures in various parts of SA (not here, because we get mambas instead) and always treat them with lots of caution. Fortunately they do tend to let one know they are there with their puffing noise.


  13. adinparadise says:

    I love all three of these, Col, but the puff adder is the best. Well done to you on #2. 😉


  14. Celeste says:

    Yes… amazing. Made the experience, not with a puff adder, but a rattlesnake. 🙂


  15. newsferret says:

    That puff adder would have had me jumping too, and Mozart would not have appreciated off key scream.


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