Lost is an attitude

At times like this, it’s easy to feel lost and disorientated.

The reality is is that it’s just unfamiliar. the minute we realise that’s all it is, things change. We can learn to know the unfamiliar.

The Day Millicent Found the World

Every morning Millicent ventured farther

into the woods. At first she stayed

near light, the edge where bushes grew, where

her way back appeared in glimpses among

dark trunks behind her. Then by farther paths

or openings where giant pines had fallen

she explored ever deeper into

the interior, till one day she stood under a great

dome among columns, the heart of the forest, and knew:

Lost. She had achieved a mysterious world

where any direction would yield only surprise.

And now not only the giant trees were strange

but the ground at her feet had a velvet nearness;

intricate lines on bark wove messages all

around her. Long strokes of golden sunlight

shifted over her feet and hands. She felt

caught up and breathing in a great powerful embrace.

A birdcall wandered forth at leisurely intervals

from an opening on her right: “Come away, Come away.”

Never before had she let herself realize

that she was part of the world and that it would follow

Wherever she went. She was part of its breath.

Aunt Dolbee called her back that time, a high

voice tapering faintly among the farthest trees,

Milli-cent! Milli-cent! And that time she returned,

but slowly, her dress fluttering along pressing

back branches, her feet stirring up the dark smell

of moss, and her face floating forward, a stranger’s

face now, with a new depth in it, into the light.

William Stafford

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