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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 3, September 2014

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Ray Rasmussen
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Mind's Way

Today’s trek, a slow, step-by-step ascent, bursts of sunlight through gray-black cumulus clouds, alpine wildflowers—white bistort, yellow cinquefoil, purple harebells—miniatures all, hugging the ground to avoid turbulent winds, distant peaks in a misty haze, a descent on a scree slope, and the long walk back to camp on a petulant ankle.

How much would I care not doing this again? How much of my imagined self is in the doing of it? Who would I be without that doing?

plain little bistort—
do you imagine yourself
a wild rose
?

Perhaps an answer will come with this campfire dinner, a cup of rye whiskey and storytelling with my enthusiastic hiking companions.

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