A Bat


In Bangladesh

He got in through the mesh.

It was a bat

A bat rolled up in a mat.

Was he dead or just in bed?

estivating or maybe meditating.


He looked mummified.

I had to clarify.

He was quiet;

too long on a diet.

No mosquito no fly

had passed by

while he took his rest

in that comfy nest.


I picked him up.

He felt cold.

He looked old.

I took him up on the roof

and, just for fun,

put him in the sun

to soak up the rays

of that equatorial day.


Slowly he woke.

I gave him a poke.

Crawling on little bat feet,

far up from the street

up there on the roof,

and then…….poof.

He was in the air

without a care,

flying in circles around me,

flapping his wings mightily.

I was with him entirely.


Just a couple of feet off the ground

he flew round and round

round and round

with a flapping sound.


He got his bearing.

I was just staring.

He shot straight out.

I tried to shout,

“Hey, you were a wreck

And now you are just a speck!”


Ricker Winsor

Bali, Indonesia 2014



7 thoughts on “A Bat

  1. I just found your blog, Ricker. I love your writing style – it’s addicting – I could read all day.

  2. Hi Sherry. Thank you and it is good to see you again. I am following your blog also and am impressed with how much you have done. I am still new at it although I have done a lot of writing. We will be in Bali the end of the month if conditions permit. Maybe we can have a visit in person. Let’s eee. Good work with your life Sherry!!!

    • If conditions permit…that’s the ‘go to’ phrase these days, isn’t it? I’m surprised that you’re even thinking about traveling right now with Delta virus running rampant. I’d love to visit kids and grandkids in the US but … not yet.

  3. Well we are not sure but we were there last month and felt safe. We have been vaccinated are in good health. Actually we feel safer in Bali than Surabaya. Terrible isn’t it?

    • A month ago I felt safe, too. The Delta variant has changed the landscape. We’re in lockdown and they’re closing the Denpasar traditional markets now – a first since the onset of the pandemic. News this morning said emergency measures may be extended 4 – 6 weeks past the original cut-off date of July 20th. I’ve had my 1st AZ dose. Second one coming Aug 20th – a three-month gap between the two shots. I’m being extra careful.

  4. Well the AZ is stronger than the Sinovac we got but I think it is ok. My wife has a lot of connections here. Sby is her hometown. We know a lot of people who have gotten sick including some family who were not vaccinated. Thankfully nobody has gotten very sick. The notion is that people who become seriously ill have underlying conditions: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart issues, like that. We are super careful with masks, social distancing, and sprays. I almost can’t stand any more isolation such as not being able to swim in the ocean in Bali or go to the gym here or shoot pool here. If we can we will go to Bali the end of the month assuming it is allowed. I have a feeling this is our life now. This is not going to disappear any time soom. We will be wearing masks and the whole bit for a LONG time if I am not wrong.

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