The Tower


Zing and Zang had wandered all over Rome and Florence. They marveled at the sculptures and paintings they saw. No artists lived on Zukor, their home planet. All were scientists or government employees.

They journied to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. Teleporting was quickest; within seconds they stood on the grassy area surrounding the Tower.

Suddenly, Zang grabbed Zing, dragging him away. “It’s falling! The giant’s mouth is wide open! He’s yelling at everyone to get away! Oh, his eyes are terrible!”

“Zang, it’s been like this for hundreds of years. That’s not a ma. . . .”


25 thoughts on “The Tower

    1. You make a good point, Neil. I think of a couple of astronauts who are also concert pianists. Often, the science mind and the creative art mind are contained in one brain. But if one’s entire society frowns on art, then I guess you would have to be very brave to try to choose art.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Me too, Iain. I seem to remember reading somewhere that those who understand these things have reinforced the foundation without destroying the angle of the lean. Strange, I can’t remember if I read it in a novel or a newspaper 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Bear

    Oh, I love it, and soooo needed a wee smile. Feeling overwhelmed by the news and what’s happening. Fear for my pen pal & crafty friend in Kiev, praying they made it out safely. I saw your comment above and I do remember seeing a documentary of how they reinforced the foundation and such to try to preserve the tower without destroying the lean of it. It was a very interesting story.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Someone else made a similar comment, Dale. Maybe I need to rethink that. Lots of scientists are actually quite creative :). And they knew because they studied it before they went to see it. Does that work? 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Cute aliens. I hope they’re all as friendly as these two. And they might not have art on Zukor, but it seems the people there are capable of appreciating it. All scientists might not be a bad world – there’s a kind of artistry in science, but government employees! No!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s