Poetry, close attention, and the wild — they free us from the mundane. 

 

And what is wilder than flight, magma, dark matter, and the crackle of lightning? 

inside out

 

trees are our lungs turned inside out

& inhale our visible chilled breath.

 

our lungs are trees turned inside out

& inhale their clear exhalations.

 

Five Lessons Learned Immediately on Getting Dumped from a Raft into a Wilderness River

 

- One on one there’s no fighting a torrent.

- Adrenaline rivets the attention.

- Of all physical entities, the most precious is air.

- Attend to the advice of guides.

- Roll upright and go feet-first into the unknown.

© 2016 by BILL YAKE

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