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i almost didn’t write tonight, as i got good and lost for a time, watching videos of canoe trips.
sometimes a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.

for me, that means entering the pages of a book, which chronicles the experiences of a couple who spent twelve months canoeing in the wilderness, and dwelling with them in the vast silence of November;

or paging through a photo album of a favorite memory and feeling the dampness of the air upon my skin, the tingle of excitement when the cow moose with a calf at her heels steps from the edge of the woods, the stretch of the smile across my face at the frolicking of the otters.

or reading an account in a paddling journal, enduring the last mile of a portage in my weary legs, inhaling the ripeness of the earth as my boot sinks into the muck, heeding the electric hum of 100’s of mosquitos,and luxuriating in the comfort of an inflatable pillow in the tent beneath my head;

or pouring over a map and envisioning the sweep of water from a particular vantage, the endless meandering of an alder thicket, the bloom of cotton grass in the marsh;

or basking in a stranger’s video of familiar lakes and rivers, immersing myself in those intimate spaces where my heart sings and sighs.

my memory is the doorway,

my imagination the welcome

my heart the hearth
and i am at home.
as i said, sometimes a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.

i‘ve got nothing else to say tonight. i’m going back to enter more deeply into those words and those images. Let more of that goodness enter into my bones.

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  1. megtheintrovert
    Mar 26, 2018 @ 15:30:17

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