the fire illuminates what it can. the forest has come to an end.
the edge of a cliff is visible. but nothing more.

my cloak has borne witness to the elements. a strip tears from it.
swaddle it around an arrow-head. dip it in to the fire. for just long enough.

draw the string back. hold it. just long enough. one breath. two breaths.
three breaths. the smallest red speck, whistling into the night.

rising, and rising. and then falling, and falling. it just keeps falling.
i watched for hours until sleep came for me. in dream it fell further still.

morning breaks. the cliff is steep, and steeper still. mist resides down below.
trees curl and bend from the face. there is no other way. bow in hand, i climb down.


something i wrote.

music listened to as i wrote this:

video uploaded by user PennebakerHegedus

otis is so good.



  1. Brian · November 3, 2016

    A waking meditation. A question. should you follow the arrow. the fire rekindled.

  2. Nebraska · November 3, 2016

    I love the last couplet.

  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) · November 3, 2016

    I felt like I was in a dream….. a dream that’s repeated over and over… and every night you get a little closer to understandning…

  4. Grace · November 4, 2016

    I love the rhythm, the breathing, the dreaming and waking up ~ Thanks for the lovely share, including the video ~

  5. Bodhirose · November 4, 2016

    So interesting your observations that then continued in your dream state and then seemed to give you purpose as you awoke in the morning. I always loved Otis Redding’s music and love this video that you shared.

  6. Mish · November 4, 2016

    I felt like I was pulled into a lucid dream. I like the repetition of “rising, and rising. and then falling, and falling”….bringing the scene to life.

  7. mother wintermoon · November 6, 2016

    Fascinating dream state brought to life, with increasing clarity. Love Otis Redding.

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