Semantic notions about life: an exploration of words and signs, and the stories they are trying to tell.

here

here

SW 10th Ave. between SW Yamhill & SW Taylor, Portland, OR, USA

SW 10th Ave. between SW Yamhill & SW Taylor, Portland, OR, USA

here /hir/

Adverb. In, at, or to this place or position; referring to the place where you are.

There is never just one way
to get from here to there.
Use a printed map to see
the full picture.

Open it tenderly,
like your Grandma Grace
would unwrap
birthday presents, as if
the paper
were the gift itself.

Accept
that it will be nearly
impossible
to refold to fit
the original creases.

Hold it in your hands.
Study the legend.
Learn every route available.
The major highways, the two-lane roads,
the arteries still under construction.
Assumptions will be made
that one is easier than the other.
Take a closer look
before you decide.
Find the bridges.
Pay attention
to the boundary lines.

Memorize the symbols. The nearby
airports,
hospitals,
churches.
Because you might need to fly.
Because you might need to mend.
Because you might need to pray.

Locate all the exits beforehand,
and every rest stop in between.
Trace the possibilities
of where you could go.
Chart the potential
of where you might belong.

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death

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