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March 27, 2019

The Storyteller

By Gary Lindorff

What is the story we are living versus what is the story we are being told and what is the story we are telling ourselves?


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Right before intermission,
After a long story about a land
Where people sold their dreams
To a company that made movies
Out of their dreams that the people
Spent all their money to watch,

He began to tell a scary story.
We were all too scared to move.
His words alarmed us.
Our hair stood on end.
One woman's hair stood up
Halfway to the ceiling.

Suddenly he fell silent and looked contrite
And thoughtful.
He said:
When my wife and I got married
We were very poor.
We got married in our house.

We couldn't afford a musician,
But we wanted a song
That would express our joy
And our love, so we decided
To ask everyone to sing
The only song we could think of that everyone knew.

Now, if you will indulge me,
We will sing that song together.
And then there will be an intermission.
Then he started to softly sing,
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream,

Life is but a dream.
And after a few rounds

With everyone singing softly
And sweetly,
Imagining the storyteller and his wife
At their wedding,
It became all about rowing and rowing and rowing
Down the stream of our lives,

While far away,
We could just make out the storyteller's voice
Faintly repeating,
Row, row, row,
Row, row, row,
Row, row, row. . .

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger  and author of several books, the latest: 13 Seeds: Health, Karma and Initiation. Over the last few years he has begun calling himself an activist poet, channeling his activism through poetic voice. He also writes with other voices in other poetic styles: ecstatic, experimental and performance.

He is a practicing Transformational Counselor (with a strong, seasoned Jungian background) and a shamanic practitioner. His shamanic work is continually deepening his partnership with the land. This work can assume many forms, solo and communal, among them: prayer, vision questing, ritual sweating, and sharing stories by the fire.