It's important to support young writers. If we the older folk encourage them to write and share without fear, who knows, maybe before we die we'll get a glimpse of a better world.
So here is a story by Wolfe Erikson. Read it, share it, comment. Encourage him to keep writing.
COCK FIGHTING, MUDDY SHOES, AND SEMEN
Last Wednesday I was having a bad day. A “fuck you, fuck me, I hate everything” kind of day. I was truly in bad shape, and nothing seemed to be helping. I went to a meditation, which usually helps to calm my anxiety, but for some reason on that day, when the room went quiet it just gave ample space for the negativity and scary thoughts to be even louder.
But I needed to figure this out. I had to know that I was going to be okay here in Southeast Asia. I decided that I was going to go on a pilgrimage.
There is a waterfall a little over eight miles away from where I am staying in Ubud called Tegenungan, and I thought I could figure out what was missing inside me, (whoa this is dramatic even for me) in this 16-mile expedition. It was going to be perfect, what better place to find yourself than a spiritual center at the base of a waterfall that sounds like a planet from Star Wars.
So I embarked on my trek, lost in thought and in translation because the further outside the city center I got, the more difficult it became to communicate. After walking for about an hour I stumbled upon a weird looking coliseum in the middle of rice fields. I started snapping a few pictures of it, but it immediately felt like somewhere I wasn’t supposed to be. As I was walking away I hear someone yelling at me, “HEY! BOY!” Fuck. So I walked over to this Balinese man who promptly asked me if I was taking photos. Back at the entrance of the coliseum, there were four or five other men who looked at me like not only a visitor but an intruder. I immediately apologized and offered to delete the photos. There was a really long pause before he erupted in quite an exceptional belly laugh. I was confused, and only understood when he patted me on the shoulder and told me he was just giving me shit.