by Michelle Belanger
We are the many-born.
We are the immortal. We have been known by many names throughout
the ages, though few have understood the truth of our existence.
Endlessly, we die and
are reborn, changed yet unchanging throughout the ages. We move
from lifetime to lifetime, taking up bodies as garments.
We are watchers and we
We seek knowledge and understanding above all.
Long ago we strove the
sunder the life of our body from our roving minds, for it grounded
us. It held us back. It bound us to a single span of days. Through
a ritual of death and rebirth, we severed our living ties and
Now we are freed of the
life of the body, but we are irrevocably tied to the life we cut
away. It sustains us and empowers us.
We thirst for life and
we feed upon it.
It is our greatest weakness and our greatest prize.