Abandon Hope - A work in progress
"As long as we’re addicted to hope, we feel that we can tone our experience down or liven it up or change it somehow, and we continue to suffer a lot. In a nontheistic state of mind, abandoning hope is an affirmation, the beginning of the beginning."
- Pema Chodron, "When Things Fall Apart"
The flight from neighborhood demons. I strike out into unfamiliar terrain, mountains of obscurity and nameless faces in a similar migration to my own.
Veiled, probing questions over cheap cups of coffee. Sun-blasted truck-stops in the middle of the Mojave punctuate the streaming barren landscape. I drive from the desert to the sea, across alpine ridges, high sierra lakes, passing all manner of lost souls along the way. Exiles.