ISO isolated cabin in the woods, at the sea, or in the desert.
An army cot, wood stove, and a pen (2).
Enough shelter to keep me and my notebook dry.
A brook, frozen or flowing.
Solitude and space, modestly provided.
A closed mouth, open mind.
A select few good books, but not enough to distract me indefinitely.
A miner’s flashlight, for exploring the pitch-black spaces within me.
Backup batteries, matches, and lighters, stored in a single box.
Crackers, chocolates, coffee and water, running or not.
The type of place that won’t take your AAA discount.
Absolutely no mirrors.
The type of place that scares me at first (the dark, the wolves).
The type of place that purifies my soul.
I can’t tell if I’m asking a lot or nothing much:
A wise guy, before the term became derogatory.
A location where no one can come asking for me.
The ability to fly and stay grounded all at once.
A toilet to drop my phone into.
A round trip ticket to myself and back.
Real, legitimate time for grounding.
The sound of water
the sound of trees
around the house.
New levels of love.
Stones turned over.
Bread baked and savored.
Old ways of living restored.
Favorite songs and hymns reverberating in my soul.
The quiet and the solitude to
form my thoughts
that is some
semblance of ol’.