From the country’s belly I finally woke up. I had been waiting a very long time to do so, but the dreams had been intense. When I did, I noticed all the trails in the dust that others had taken through the dark before me. Critters of every shape and size including my fellow man.
Since I was awake, I stirred the ashes in the pit and tossed on some branches and a log. I made myself a cup of coffee. Then I listened to the darkness for the sounds of others passing. There were many scuffles of paw and hoof. I hoped that I had not woken in vain as I waited for the dawn.