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David Karchere

"He dreamed of a wild land where his mother was once born and where beasts still roamed,"

- David Karchere | The Other Side of the World


Original context

He thought there might be adventure
on the other side of the world,
past the silly stone pillars
of the cul-de-sac
and out beyond the well-edged lawns
that made his mind ache
and his soul grieve
as he drove by.

He dreamed of a wild land
where his mother was once born
and where beasts still roamed,
stalking their prey.
His heart could mend in such a place,
hearing the liquid call of larks at dawn,
and watching the sun as it climbed across the sky.

If he stared long enough into the evening prayer fires,
sang to the pines and mosses and ferns,
and worshipped with the herons and hawks
at the edge of the mountain pond,
the sickness of his spirit would heal,
and he would remember again
who he was,
where he came from,
and what he must do next.

Yes, there would be adventure
on the other side of the world,
and a chance to know himself again as he was
outside of this little place
where he had been living;
a chance to set himself free.

- David Karchere | The Other Side of the World


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