I looked for the answer deep inside
And did not find it there.
I looked within the books
And did not find it there
I cast the runes in the Circle
I read then but did not understand.
Then I went for a walk in the woods
“Big brothers and sisters help me”, I asked.
I found the skull of knowledge and death
Then discovered life inside a rock.
The answer was not in one place
There were parts of it everywhere.
Stored energy is released again
Memories cone to life once more.
Whatever was ever is
In another form and place.
( December 2001)
Author: Walter Birdwell
Born in Missouri in 1942, Walter Birdwell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964 with a BA in creative writing. Immediately enlisted in the US army to avoid the draft and was in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Married Yolanda Garza a month after discharge from the Army and have been married forty-five years. Walter is a progressive political activist and has been for about fifty years and a follower of Pagan religious tradition for about twenty years. Have previously published newspaper articles in The Southern Patriot and the New York City Guardian newspapers (both defunct progressive newspapers) in the 1970s and have recently published articles in The Missouri Chigger, an Ozark area magazine, and the Brownsville Herald. Enjoys writing, sculpture, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, reading, traveling, and all outdoor activities.