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Dante’s Divine Comedy

HELL

CANTO I

IN the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray Gone from the path direct: and e’en to tell It were no easy task, how savage wild That forest, how robust and rough its growth, Which to remember only, my dismay Renews, in bitterness not far from death. Yet to discourse of what there good befell, All else will I relate discover’d there. How first I enter’d it I scarce can say, Such sleepy dullness in that instant weigh’d My senses down, when the true path I left, But when a mountain’s foot I reach’d, where clos’d The valley, that had pierc’d my heart with dread, I look’d aloft, and saw his shoulders broad Already vested with that planet’s beam, Who leads all wanderers safe through every way. Then was a little respite to the fear, That in my heart’s recesses deep had lain, All of that night, so pitifully pass’d: And as a man, with difficult short breath, Forespent with toiling, ‘scap’d from sea to shore, Turns to the perilous wide waste, and stands At gaze; e’en so my spirit, that yet fail’d Struggling with terror, turn’d to view the straits, That none hath pass’d and liv’d.

Commune with Nature

I’d found some railroad tracks and followed them over a river. I would periodically have to slide down the stone ledge near the water to avoid the train. Waiting hanging on a sapling while the train passed was slightly unnerving, but I had to get to my sacred space. It was a place deep in the woods by a stream that entered the ocean. This was where I had performed many spiritual meditations and contemplations.

It was this day though when I had an incredible experience, a true internal understanding of nature. Finally after following the train tracks for a few miles and entering the forests for about another mile I got to my sacred spot.