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A Scavenger Hunt in the Soul

Updated on April 21, 2017

"When society reaches a stage where property confers rank, wealth becomes the only source of virtue, passion the sole bond of union between husband and wife, falsehood the source of success in life, sex the only means of enjoyment, and when outer trappings are confused with inner religion..." Vishnu Purana

"There is nothing like a good scavenger hunt..." Dad

Given a list

of local flora,


normal ecology.

Follow a map

of local mythology

where written

in frames we see

vast societies

of termites

in dead log,

check each frame

as we go.

Mother Goddess...



found a weapon

made from branches

four arms dancing

on dead Shiva



These are

the things of our lives,

destroyed underbrush,

hidden resin of amber

necklaces of skulls



Near mushrooms,

fungal memories of misfortune,

dismembered heads hang

from intricate web

formed between

rock and tree



This is not a regular

scavenger hunt.

We are

in our

starched uniforms

not wanting to remember

how our history of pain

that we fog with opiates,



Holds the reason

we are in these woods.

Holds the answer

to our problems

with this search.

Dried blood

that dried while dripping

down the side

of a mountain...



I fold the map

into my pocket

so we can sit,

stare over





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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 months ago

      Thank you Mantitta I hope your April was full of joy! Jamie

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      manatita44 3 months ago from london

      Looks like a scavenger hunt all right. Interesting one!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 months ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Bill, Audrey, and Ralph for your comments. I was reading an essay on Kali Yuga poetics by Anne Waldman. Interesting talk about how there needs to be balance between the search for positive enlightenment with the dark corners of what it means to be human. Jamie

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      Ralph Schwartz 4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Wow....absolutely amazing piece of writing. The scavenger hunt concept was a stroke of genius.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 months ago from California

      I second Bill's comment--this was a fabulous write Jamie

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfect...beautiful...powerful...the opening quote set the stage for a flood of images. This just might your best work ever.