It is a metaphor: R. Waldrop, Lavish Absence: Recalling and Reading Edmund Jabés. Middletown, CT., 2002. p.11. "The mystics do not know anything about loneliness in God. They are blissfully ignorant of the tragedy which begins in God's proximity, the consciousness of insanity which torments those prostrate at his feet. Saints and mystics alike end in triumph when they penetrate divinity with erotic abandon. But their triumph proves nothing. We who pass through Divinity leave them behind, ignorant of the road which leads away from God. They have never asked themselves the question, 'What begins after God?' and for that I cannot forgive them." E.M. Cioran, Tears and Saints. Chicago, 1995.

hand: "It is reported that the walls of every native-built house in Jerusalem are decorated by prints of the hand, in order to avert the evil eye. A similar custom is practiced by the Moors generally, and especially the Arabs of Kairwan, who apply red hand prints to the lintels and supports of buildings as talismans to drive away evil. There is a record, from Tunis, of *a Jewish practice of placing the imprint of a bleeding hand upon the walls of each floor of a building. Among the Garos, of Assam, white hand marks form a part of the rice-harvest ceremony. Hand prints are found on the Kei Islands. Similar negative prints of hands are reported from Melville Island as well as pipe-clay drawings on bark (eucalyp[tus) within native huts." V.J. Smith, The Human Hand in Primitive Art. Austin, TX., 1925.

a large creature: "The size of the sasquatch is perhaps its most remarkable feature. By my calculations, the adult males typically stand 7 feet 8 inches tall (2,34m) and weigh about 800 pounds (365kg). Female are somewhat smaller, standing 6 feet 6 inches tall (2m) and weighting only 500 pounds (225kg). With both sexes, their walking heights are reduced by at least 8% from the above figures because of their posture. These figures also represent something of a consensus of estimates by many observers under good circumstances, but usually with a correction for weights that are based on height and body build." G.S. Krantz, Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence. Blaine, WA., 1999. pp.145-46.

there's something: G. Tsukiyama, The Samurai's Garden. New York, 1994. p.185. "When the writer Peter Matthiessen was traveling in Nepal in the autumn of 1973, searching for the snow leopard, after he had trekked for months over some of the highest and most difficult terrain on the planet, he began to have mixed feelings about finding one. For some people, he realized, it was a remarkable experience to see a rare animal, such as a great cat, in its wild environment. For others it was wonderful not to see it. Some of us admire the skill of the creature in traveling unseen and living among human residents undetected." G. Thorp, Caught in Fading Light. New York, 2002. p.13.

Circling my self: "Individuation or self-awareness is not a linear process or 'progress.' It is a dance around a center, which one approaches and from which one can withdraw." A.Guggenbühl-Craig, The Old Fool and the Corruption of Myth. Dallas, TX., 1991. p.92

woolly moth: “It is an age old folktale in the USA that local winter weather may be predicted by observing the width of the color band on some caterpillars. These caterpillars are black at both ends, with a reddish-brown band in the middle. In 1608 Edward Topsell, a naturalist, called them "Palmer" worms - so named after the "palmer", or wandering monk - because of their roving habits and ruggedness (they are seen so late in fall). He also mentioned, they were known as "beare worms." They have further been compared to bears in that they hibernate and have a similar walking gate. They have a dark hairy appearance, and curl up into a ball when touched. Today they are commonly referred to as "woolly bears". "Woolly bears" are caterpillars of moths and there are over 2,000 species of them. As cold weather approaches the "woolly bears" hibernate, they are one of the few species of caterpillars known to do this. D.K. Dunn, "Minibeast Folklore." http://members.aol.com/YESedu/folklore.html.