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Soul Stance River - 7

August is ending with a heat that gives no mercy to the land or man
so intense that the air swelters off the river into the tree tops,
looking ahead, its as if we are passing through the gossamer of summer's spector,
Private Shanon has been missing for six days 
although, we believe he is lost, not captured or deserted
only God knows where his feet have taken him,
evidence along the riverbank indicates that he is alive and pursuing us
perhaps mistaken and disoriented,  thinking that we are further up river,
Old Dorion is seeking him now like a clever wolf,

Shanon was seperated from me while stalking a coyote
a most mischievous animal that is entirely foriegn to us except in prank,
a bottle of whiskey goes to the first man who can lay a coyote down,
yesterday half of the expedition went hunting the prarie dog
a critter more cunning than a cat and jumpy as a log spark,
after several hours of scrambling around like lunatics
Private Sheilds has finally caught one with pork bait and a twig basket
the poor rascal squieks like a cheap violin,
eventually I will send it to Washington with other novel specimens, 
President Jefferson and the Philosophical Society will be good guardians, 
the men and I have been refreshing ourselves on the jewels of soil
the wild grapes are so succulent that the Italians would believe
Bacchus himself had seeded this earth with a secret serum
and the plum groves cuddled in the most unadulterated coves
invite the mind into Eden's shadow,
on this journey we have observed migrations of pigeons
that have rivaled the stretch of storm clouds,
crowds of squirrels so numerous they have canvassed the ground with a sea of fur,
and now the mighty, mythical buffalo walks before us
a legend amongst beasts, monstrous in girth
with hooves that peel the Plains and horns shaped by vengeance, 
as they graze we seize the prize of their offering with thanks in our aim,
not having horses strategic concealment is critical, they are reknown for retaliation,
we dropped seven of them in a great pandemonium of panic
the gun smoke, field dust and perspiration meld into a fragrance of sacrifice, 
our sustenance is secured, their lives feed our future,

J.A.B.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 2/24/2016 12:32:00 AM
And still the saga continues to delight and surprise. "A critter more cunning than a cat and jumpy as a log spark" < I really loved that part, because it was easy to imagine, as a crackling fire breaks apart. Other gems were "invite the mind into Eden's shadow", "meld into a fragrance of sacrifice" ... not sure where you come up with these connections, but they are quite refreshing, and entertain many senses. Never heard of the Philosophical Society before ... I wonder what that's about.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 2/24/2016 7:03:00 PM
The Philosophical Society is a quaint fraternal organization that is dedicated to the discovery, application and preservation of knowledge that flourished in 19th century America Timothy, a spawn of the Enlightenment sentiment. This portion of the epic glorifies the wilderness and august animals that all the explorers were so keen on interacting with. Efficiency and continuity were real tests of skill for me which the condensed yet poetic visions in this section attest to, plus, this part addresses the danger of becoming lost, or even captured, which reminds how new the world was to these brave men. Your insight into the nature of metaphor is exciting to me...J.A.B.
Date: 12/18/2015 2:33:00 PM
It's been a tough week, Justin, and I'm glad to get back to reading this amazing work of yours. Your visions are bright and captivating. I love this section with the coyote and the prairie dog!!! "the poor rascal squeaks like a cheap violin" That made me laugh, poor little guy. I can imagine them scrambling about crazily..too funny! Their observation and awe of the critters and creatures is awesome. It helps me appreciate America that much more. This has me craving grapes too! Always, Laura
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Justin Bordner
Date: 12/19/2015 2:58:00 AM
I'm so happy that you are enjoying the natural humor and fun that is so integral to the spirit of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, I put a lot of interest into incorporating this into the epic, and when the visions and feelings came I made sure to include them Laura...J.A.B.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 12/19/2015 2:54:00 AM
Its very important to remember these were men that had been born and raised to interact daily, and soulfully with Nature and her bounty. Animals were a source of wonder, danger, competition, food and great joy. It was in moments like these that they, like the Natives, could be boys, having fun, exploring life with no care of rules our regrets, and being in awe of their best teacher, the outdoors.J.A.B.