The Braided River

25. Pachamama Prayer Pouch (Mountain Tale)

PACHAMAMA PRAYER POUCH (mountain tale) This prayer pouch sat at the centre of my life for three years or, by a different reckoning, over thirty years. My path repeatedly circled the pouch; I turned around it like a yearning unsettled moon. When finally, after a long journey, I laid the pouch down onto the earth, […]

8. Another First Drum (Mountain Tale)

ANOTHER FIRST DRUM (mountain tale) Once a woman, who was both young and yearning, traced a strange meandering path across a distant land until she reached high mountains. She longed for, and sought, and found at last a lonely house perched on a ragged slope above a lake, a tiny hut of red clay and […]