School House Creek


Remember when you were walking: a creek

The creek made you stop, for some unknown reason.

Why did you stop there?

Return to that place.

The moon is full. The creek has changed. It’s not how you remembered it. The creek has transformed from one thing to another, and back again.

A twig snaps. stop and listen with all senses.

Is someone else out there?

Receive word that your sister is going into heavy labour. You are the only one awake for her to tell.

It’s 3:00 am, and Simon, your nephew, is coming.

The creek transforms again as it takes on new meaning. Water is flowing, Simon is coming. Listen more deeply now.

[Take a rock from the creek.

Bring it home.

Carve the rock into the shape of a boy.

Return the rock to the creek.]




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