Mori Girl


By Jacqueline Brum

As you sit on the hillside,
or lie prone under the trees of the forest,
or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream,
the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.
- Stephen Graham

Despite her urban hipster style, Briar has always been an outdoorsy girl at heart. Enjoying the calm of long hikes through the autumn leaves, today she ventured deeper into the forest than usual.

Suddenly she realized she had become turned around somewhere along the path. In fact, she couldn’t make out the path behind her at all! “Always getting lost in my thoughts,” she chastised herself. “Never paying attention to what’s around me. How am I going to get my bearings and get home?”

Just as panic was starting to get the better of her, she noticed a pair of playful, almost alien-looking eyes peeking out at her through the foliage. The figure stepped forward and Briar looked in wonder the strangest yet sweetest looking little girl she had ever seen. “Well, hello there little one. Are you lost too?” she asked.

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