Emergence, In Fifty-five Words – Section Three, Earth; Part Twenty-one, Migration, Collected Chapters

 

 

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Day 148, May 28th, 2017

 

Chapter One: Forest

 

Families gathered together in sheltered spaces, a clearing in the trees.

 

They established camps close to the springs that fed the clear streams.

 

They built their fires, burning bright, smoking fish, birds, rabbits, and every other type of meat taken down with the shafts of their javelins and atlatls, having returned to the primordial life.

 

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Day 149, May 29th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Plains

 

Families and tribes left the security of the forests, the safe canopy of trees, looking across the plain, over the tall grasses, exposing themselves beneath the clear sky.

 

The sky deep and blue, angry and gray, it was wide open and oppressing.

 

There were dangers lurking everywhere, great beasts threatening, other tribes.

 

Survival required constant vigilance.

 

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Day 150, May 30th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Hills

 

The migrating tribes left the shelter of caves by the bubbling springs, in the valleys and glens.

 

They crossed the open plain.

 

They climbed to the tops of hills, drawn closer to the stars from which they came.

 

They piled stones atop one another, and built their homes with a wide view of their surroundings.

 

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Day 151, May 31st, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Mountains

 

We gathered the herds and flocks to us.

 

We walked with them, led them to water, protected them.

 

They gave us milk and meat, hides and wool.

 

We were symbiotic.

 

We led the herds to the mountain, and up the lofty peaks, looking for new pastures, passes.

 

We found ourselves there, we found the sacred.

 

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Day 152, June 1st, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Rivers

 

The tribes were always moving, always looking for new places.

 

They followed the rivers to their source, followed them to the clean springs from which the water flowed, water flowing into stream, and into rivers, feeding lakes, into the seas and oceans.

 

They founded their settlements there, at the head waters, the place of beginning.

 

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Day 153, June 2nd, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Coast

 

The foot paths in the forests and those crossing the open prairie, they were narrow, and shifting.

 

The tribes traversed the shorelines in long lines, single file.

 

The people came to the great lakes and seas, their broad coasts became the first roads.

 

They trekked across them as if they were long and winding highways.

 

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Day 154, June 3rd, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Ocean

 

On thin strips of wood, in fragile canoes, they hurled their bodies onto the rivers and lakes, and into the sea, just as their ancient forebears had done when they crossed the stars, looking for new ways of life, and searching for mysteries.

 

Many were swept away and perished, in the accidental crossing of storms.

 

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Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

 

Part Twenty-one, Migration

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Forest

02 Plains

03 Hills

04 Mountains

05 Rivers

06 Coast

07 Ocean

 

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