Entrance to the Moon


If you wish to visit the future, you should follow a plan. Someone might wish to
write an historical review tracing the route by which you hoped to return. This may result
in permission from the residents to misinterpret the importance of negligent weather
because they know you will not be accidentally harvested. Do not offer blood before they
offer milk.
Make a list of questions. Be sure to include some that you want answered.
Whenever you choose to visit, people will expect you to behave according to laws.
These laws will not necessarily behave according to reason, but the people you visit will
not recognize this and they will not tell you what all of these laws are.
When you return, a thank you letter should be written to each person who didn’t try
to help you. From these people you learned the most.
You should expect the other travelers to hobble the priest without direct regard for
the crime, which placed him in that position. You can anticipate the disregard of the
shepherds as well. Their rowdy flocks are seldom available for donations or
correspondence. The mistaken carpenters can be expected to post daily the most
inappropriate parts of their hammering.
When you are ready to study the reasons you have abandoned your former position,
you can enjoy field trips farther abroad with less deception. An imaginary mood torch or
an irreverent concept of social integration might become available for companionship.
You might need only one symbolic calf to fatten on worried meals of maybe the next
time, and if this effort is replacing the right parts of you, you could return to the first field
of you, straw words bundled to fertilize a comfortable slow retreat.
Despite the apparent goal of these activities, the future doesn’t require preparation
and will arrive without pretense, but if you have been traveling without your former
intentions, try to notice the fresh night air. Don’t forget your milk bucket. Consider how
much you can hold in abeyance.
Climb in and announce your presence. Continuously.

Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.