Thursday, June 27, 2013

the heavy, mute spell of the wilderness

Crossing into Borneo
Brunei River
February 2013

"I tried to break the spell - the heavy, mute spell of the wilderness - that seemed to draw him to its pitiless breast by the awakening of forgotten and brutal instincts, by the memory of gratified and monstrous passions.  This alone, I was convinced, had driven him out to the edge of the forest, to the bush, towards the gleam of fires, the throb of drums, the drone of weird incantations; this alone beguiled this unlawful soul beyond the bound of permitted aspirations." - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Today I am missing the heavy, mute spell of the wilderness.  Three months is too long to stay in any one place.  My heart lusts for wild places.

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