“Carrying everything except what you needed”

I become silent

inside a cave

looking at a “cairn of broken stones”

sitting under a weeping willow tree

I listen

to an explorer tells her story

“how to build herself”

“that food is not a big issue”

I try to visualize

how she subsisted

on “witchetty grubs seared in sand”

I believe her

chasing an epiphany

is reason enough to endure.

Note: I read with interest stories of 2 remarkable women: Theresa Forcades, a physician who becomes a Benedictine nun, and Sarah Marquis, a Swiss modern-day explorer, who walked 10,000 miles in three years. Both of them experienced different epiphanies that transformed their lives.

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