No.8

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She takes you in, much the way the spider webs a fly.

She doesn’t care if you prevail and make it out alive.

She’ll take it all from you and give you nothing in return;

She leaves it up to you to find the solitude you yearn.

.

Perhaps you’ll find a good place to pitch a tarp tonight,

Perhaps away from all the things that scratch, sting or bite.

Perhaps, but perhaps not; you can only try your best.

Perhaps you’ll get the sleep you crave, now you’ve earned your rest.

.

Listen in the night to wombats burrow below,

Listen, try to sleep, but something nips at your toes,

Listen as the wind picks up and whistles for rain;

Listen, night goes to bed and day wakes up again.

.

You process wood and make changes to your camp.

You must keep dry; all your clothes are cold and damp.

You push back all thoughts of doubtful relevance.

You fill your shyness-cup with total silence.

.

Do not wait for thirst to tell you to drink.

Do not ignore the last coal-ember’s wink.

Do not do something to damage your health,

Do not, unless you can rescue yourself.

.

No-one that matters knows where you are.

No-one will locate your burned-out car.

No-one has noticed that you are gone;

No-one, by your absence, overborne.

.

See the python unhinge its jaws,

See the raptor stoop, flex its claws,

See the pale egret stab its prey;

See how small lives end each day.

.

My veins are like those in leaves

My skin is the bark on trees

My blood rushes in rivers

My breath the grasses shiver.

.

Strip away all your clothes

Strip away all of those

Strip down to your bare skin

Strip down, and start again.

.

Bee’s legs pollen-packed

Bee’s travels are tracked

Bee’s treasure raided

Bee’s ire evaded.

.

Eyes wake to light

Eyes focus sight

Eyes hunt ahead

Eyes close for bed.

.

Lost for words,

Left the ‘burbs.

Looked for quiet;

Lousy diet.

.

You think

You are

Yourself.

Are you?

.

Be

Free:

Lose

‘Me’

 .

No.8

Erik Kaisson, 2017

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