a journey to Ireland

Rafting Secret

August 4, 2013

The boy has returned with the supplies. You tell him about a dream you had last night in which you are riding down a river in a raft. The details of the dream are hazy, but it is apparent that you are to go on a rafting adventure. You have no idea why. You and the boy discuss your options. He will help you put the raft together.

While camping there by the river, on the other side of the hill, with goats grazing nearby, you and the boy construct the raft out of saplings growing in abundance there. You are careful to take down the little trees in a way that it is hardly noticeable, a thinning that is needed, no more. You use river reeds to bind the raft together.

The boy gives you a milking goat to take with you, along with some of the grains he has just brought with him from town. He gives you a couple of clay pots, and you know how to start a fire with flint. Youíre not sure about a milking goat on a raft, but one young goat has been following you around everywhere. Itís her first milking season.

The raft is finished. Youíve even designed a little shelter where you can rest or sleep in bad weather. You will use a long pole for guiding the raft. On most nights you plan to go ashore to make campfire, to hobble the goat so she can graze, and then to sleep under the stars. You know how to read them now.

Early one morning the boy pushes your raft off the shore onto the wide, lazy river. As you enter the current and begin to glide downriver, the goat has misgivings and begins to bray. Her friends and family answer back. You have a lump in your throat, as youíll miss the boy and you arenít sure how you will get back. But the boy says you will.

With tears in your eyes, you wave until your raft sails around the first bend and you canít see the boy any more.

ďAs if dreaming, I return to the place
where the Highest lives,
and hear a voice from the heavens:
where am I going?Ē
óLi Qingzhao

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