Once, when two persons were walking together at day’s end, the elder of the two remarked on the sunset. He spoke and said:
the sky is burning
in my mind
Once Upon a Story
Once, when two were walking on the beach the younger saw a rock that looked like Leviathan and she said:
Last night I was here and that rock wasn’t a rock.
Last night I saw it move from the sea. It moved up the beach and it came towards me. It was a whale. It chased me up the sand and I ran and I ran and I didn’t stop running until I got home.
Once Upon a Song
Once, when two walked together a song drifted towards them. The song had no words. The sounds of the song reached them from somewhere higher or darker or hidden. The sound surrounded them. The flapping of wings, the whoosh of flight, made them think of birds. And the drift and drone, the rise and fall, the start and pause, mad them think of a breathing. Perhaps a person. Perhaps their planet.
Once and Always
The poem and the story and the song came and went, went and came, always different, ever the same. The song and the story and the poem bound the younger to the elder and both of them to all who came after and to all who came before.
Sometimes the two remembered or wondered or dreamed or knew: the song and the poem and the story had been there before they were, before the sunset, before the rock. Perhaps song, poem and story had brought the sunset and the rock and the flapping wings into being.
The two knew they could exist only in a world of story and poem and song.