into the wind

run into the wind
into the wind
into the wind run

it was earlier than normal, but maybe that's because being in a different place makes you do things that you don't normally do. the sun was streaming and the air cold, it was the kind of morning that draws you out of yourself. laying on the counter next to the glasses, they grabbed the bags imagining that they would come across something worth collecting. we walked on the path as the morning rose, over bridges and lakes, through the breeze. I'm not sure which one started running first, but as they did, time stopped in their wonder. they exchanged glances, calculating flight. with their hands holding tight to the inflating bags, they took off running into the wind.

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we'd been riding the road for what seemed an eternity. hours of heat, dust, and wind no longer a stranger. solitary images stained the desert. rajasthan is a place where you forget anything not rising before you and almost don't believe that which you see. i was on the back of an old enfield motorcycle, arms wrapped around him, the hot desert heat whipping though my hair. wrapped tightly around my face was a scarf. i think it was the hum of the road or the blankness, but i nodded off. a few seconds, i'm not sure. i still think about it. the danger, the wind, the almost.

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it happened in a minute. i'm standing someplace new. there are things to be done, just as much as before, maybe even more. yes, probably. our goals are something we set out before us with the candles, beeswax and other offerings. and soon they begin to build themselves. they take root, they flower in our mind. and then one day, they become real. like, you can pinch them real. and they have versions of themselves. they splinter off into other goals, until they can't fit on this page. they rise and fall. you can follow them or not. but they will keep walking down the alleys and through the great cathedrals. they descend and rise, climbing higher with wings wide open, until they take flight. soaring at last into the wind.