Visiting the Hermit, Finding No One Home
I climb over the ridge, cross a ravine
to reach her mud-brick hut.
No one is home, but she’s left
a water jug by the door.
I sit in the shade of the cottonwood
bank of the dry ravine,
drink from the jug, cool water,
wait for her to return.
Maybe she’s gathering sage —
so deep in her search
she’s thinking of nothing, not even
knowing she’s crossed the ridge.
The sun rolls over the ridge. I sit
under the cottonwood
thinking of nothing, not even
waiting for her return.
I practice water method Taoist meditation alongside my study of Wu style tai chi. This gentle work relates to my favorite contemplative practice — wandering around in nature.
Katrinka Moore is the author of Numa, Thief, and This is Not a Story. Her next book, Wayfarers, will be published by Pelekinesis in 2018.