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A Hundred Gourds 4:1 December 2014

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Jonathan Humphrey – USA


Amulet for Hiking Alone


"Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on."
-Frédéric Chopin

It's dark and I'm decidedly lost. At some point I stumbled out of a Chopin nocturne and into the soundtrack for a David Lynch film. The moon is too young and the North Star has a black eye. My only markers are creek sound and pine scent. Whatever stirs in the brush dissolves into its means. Older magic than you or I.

herd of deer
one hoof lit
by a crushed firefly



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