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Our Journeys are All the Same


We tell old stories in order to see anew.  Each and every one of us takes the same journey from life to death, though our paths are never the same.

We begin as an explosion of infinite possibilities and then fall back upon ourselves, grabbing at some of those possibilities during our fall.

Our trajectory, which touched the very rim of life, descends toward the center, ending at zero, at what some see as a portal and others see as finality.

Falling, always falling towards the center of ourselves, the huge unknown universe within, our journeys are all the same.

Sunset at Doug & Sandi’s camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana


Cheryl Merrill’s essays have been published in Fourth Genre, Pilgrimage, Brevity, Seems, South Loop Review, Ghoti, Alaska Quarterly Review, Adventum and Isotope. “Singing Like Yma Sumac” was selected for the Best of Brevity 2005 and Creative Nonfiction #27. It was also included in the anthology Short Takes: Model Essays for Composition, 10th Edition. Another essay, “Trunk,” was chosen for Special Mention in Pushcart 2008. She is currently working on a book about elephants: Larger than Life: Living in the Shadows of Elephants.

12 thoughts on “Our Journeys are All the Same

    1. Thank you Pat! So cool that you write for American Profile! We receive Spry in our local paper and I’ll be looking for your name. But not so cool in Tucson right now, I bet. Thanks again for the Pat on the back. Great idea for your blog.

  1. A truth exquisitely expressed. Gorgeous photo of one of Africa’s magical sunsets. Thanks, Cheryl, for the joy you give. Hugs

  2. Worthy a National Geographic cover!
    I came across photo yesterday taken from underneath an elephant swimming—an amazing image.
    P.S. “Singing Like …” also appeared in the African-themed issue of The Hummingbird Review in 2012.
    Regards, Charlie Redner

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