Theories about Stories

The stories are wound around you.

The stories are smothering you.

The stories hide you from yourself;

they hide you from the world.

 

The stories weigh you down.

 

The stories wounded you.

 

The stories heal you.

 

The stories are your memories;

they are your passion.

 

The stories are your calling,

what you am meant to tell.

The stories demand all your resources.

 

The stories make us whole.

The stories make us who we are.

The stories remind us who we are

and how we came to be.

 

Next in importance, only,

to land and spirit.

 

The stories are complex.

The stories are living and breathing.

The stories are in dreams.

The stories are in the drums,

in the dances,

and in the masks.

 

The stories are music.

The stories are poetry.

The stories are theatre.

 

The stories are buildings.

The stories are places.

The stories are in homes and churches.

The stories are in barns and fields.

They are in cemeteries and funeral homes.

The stories are in plants and gardens.

They are by the seaside and in the darkness of forests.

 

The stories are faces and hands.

The stories are eyes and mouths.

 

The stories are the ever-flowing rivers.

The stories hang in the darkness beyond the blue sky.

 

The stories bring us into being,

make us live,

and keep us alive.