I watched the river closely. While it always followed the same path on its way to meet the sea, you could never say it was the same river you looked at only moments ago. The water had moved on and there was always a random pattern to its surface as it passed by the bank and over the rocks. Nothing repeated, all was change. Each second another event, a constant state of flux. Looking on, I suddenly felt heavy and inert and I told myself I must learn from the river and flow. Thoughts meandered through my head like cigarette smoke caught in sunlight, insubstantial and lost to the air. The river was calling. I rose up and began to wade into the water. The current was strong and I felt the power as it carried me off my feet. And so I floated, cradled by its might and I heard a voice saying “come with me, I have something show you”. The voice was not mine, the thoughts were not mine for I had left thinking on the river bank. All things in this world talk, but one must listen carefully as some only whisper. I was not curious about the promised revelation the river had made. I trusted implicitly and replied “so it must be”.
Presently the river took me by a dense forest. One tree stood out, some of its roots exposed by the very action of the flowing river, undermining its grasp of the world. The wind caused its leaves to flutter and I heard it whisper and I found myself standing before it. It was massive and ancient and I felt humbled.
“get up off your knees, your piety does not cut it with me” the tree said angrily, then added, quite gently “how can I help you”
“i am looking for something tree”
“well,. aren’t we all, not bad,. a legitimate enquiry. But it has dangers”. He fell silent. The wind gathered up and he spoke again.
“ the river comes to a fork, it is very important you listen carefully now. One way leads to oblivion, the other, peace and happiness. The big deal here is you may not know which to take. The river will not guide you. So you must prepare”
I cannot tarry here, There are creatures Requiring my attention Yes, the forest is generous
Shelter for many Even shade for the axeman Who would fell me Be on your way
Talk to the fox He harbours nearby But remember, he is sly I walked through the woods
Then I saw him. Forgive me friend. I saw you first State your business I seek some wisdom
White bibed, rusty coat But his eyes reflected moonlight Surely Surely I had found a similar
kind Oh yes, we are not too different You live on instinct I do too But mine are better honed
More refined, if you will Do I spill the beans Chased by dogs, men on horses
They wear red coats Whats that about Look, I say stay alert You are not hunted
Like I You call it a sport Nothing of the sort Don’t hang your head in shame
I forgive the blame You feel
The fox passed by His parting shot Talk to the rabbit And where is he? Forget that
He will find you Like I did With that he was gone So I walked on Deeper and deeper
The trees folded in on me Darkness reigned The cold chilled my bones Then he was there
Like that creature In the donie darko movie That’s some fucking rabbit Do you always resort
to profanity Only when scared I dared to say Come closer child The wood is dark
Did you loose your way? I suspect I did Don’t live in fear Look through the mirror
I have one here What do you see?
I am a rat, treated as vermin No ermine coat here Speak with the cat He is pleasurable
And pleasure seeking But I tell you this He can kill Not for any reward Just coz he can
He walked by I gave a sigh of relief You are beautiful He said, I know Is the arrogance
misplaced Stroke me, see for yourself That’s wonderful All is prophesy said the rat Meaning
what? You are not the one Explain If you don’t see it Be gone! I told you want to hear What
you must do is listen The finality of his words were clear I could not see tomorrow Let alone
predict, a tear splashed Get a grip boy, blubbing means nothing here
I saw him in a tree His sinew tail hung down I looked at him And he at me His eyes so black
Teeth dripping with blood Sorry, I have just eaten What fare? If you must know
A knight over there How did he die? I don’t really care This is all wrong!
Just the song of life You look for complex answers To simple questions
I can feed on a corpse Well good for you No, child stew on this
All is prophesy said the rat Meaning what? You are not the one Explain
If you don’t see it Be gone! I told you want to hear What you must do is listen
The finality of his words were clear I could not see tomorrow Let alone predict, a tear
splashed Get a grip boy, blubbing means nothing here
The fur you have is most enticing Your eyes, so large and engaging Did you see my claws?
No I said I keep them hidden Unless, of course, you threaten Why would I do that?
He laughed You would be surprised Talk to the woman She can tell you more
I gave the cat one last stroke Said I loved him He replied, I know I could not believe the
arrogance of the bloke I went in search for her She appeared Under mysterious moonlight
Her obvious beauty could stop the heart of any man Not mine She wore all white
Defining every conture Her hair was rich and dark I just wanted to touch
Steady boy, you expect too much But I thought You thought wrong!
I am not here for your pleasure The measure of man Is in his soul and kindness to all
creatures Until you show me that Keep it in your pants!