Erehwon is Nowhere Spelled Backwards*

Nowhere is now here.
Everywhere is ever-(y/w)-here.
Nowhere/everywhere.
You/we here — now.
Erehwon.

*Erehwon was a Midwest outdoor equipment shop I
used to visit in Chicago. Their motto was Erehwon
is Nowhere Spelled Backwards
. I thought that was
pretty clever. I still have a poster from their store
of a mountain lion crossing an arch in what is probably
Arches National Park. The business is now called Uncle
Dan’s. A line from a Richard Rohr meditation triggered
my thinking and reminded me of the name Erehwon, which
easily could become a religious metaphor — another name
for God? The poem started out as a haiku and then got
a little wordier.

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