I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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A ghost in the house, the police at the door, a phone call in a dream
Bowing to men, kissing in public, crossing the border
An orphan’s hunger, a teacher’s praise, a mother’s farewell
A mysterious presence, a troupe of anarchists, a nocturnal visitor
A family vacation, a secret romance, a refugee’s plight
A mother’s memories, a child’s fears, a dead man’s secrets
A teacher’s legacy, a professor’s dilemma, a stranger’s confessions
A secret letter, a political message, a kindergarten rebel
Hasty judgments, classroom taunts, racial epithets
A flat tire, a rescue cat, a winter in Antartica