in winter: Ouyang Yu. From, "The Bone of a Tree."

a long-drawn voice: Sasquatch's voice has been reported as, "harsh, grating, long-drawn moan" M. Grumley There Are Giants in the Earth. Garden City, NY., 1974. p.98.

zoophorus: a frieze of animals and human figures, the word also abides "horus," which stems from the Egyptian word Hor, translated as 'face.' This falcon-headed god, "who flew up at the beginning of time," has two eyes on its brow: the sun and the moon. With the new moon, Horus is worshipped as Mekhenti-en-irty, 'He who has no eyes on his brow." When he recovers his sight, he becomes Khenty-irty, "He who has eyes." Horus is a warrior-god who could be especially dangerous when his vision was gone, as he was then adept at collateral damage.

this is due: G. Bataille, "The Big Toe." In, Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939. Minneapolis, 1989. The paragraph reads, "The big toe is the most human part of the human body, in the sense that no other element of this body is as differentiated from the corresponding element of the anthropoid ape (chimpanzee gorilla, orangutan, or gibbon). This is due to the fact that the ape is tree-dwelling, whereas man moves on the earth without clinging to branches, having himself become a tree, in other words raising himself straight up like a tree, and all the more beautiful for the correctness of his erection."

mirrored dread: "No angel fears its mirrored dread." V. Frazer. From, "Edifice Wrecks."

Existence is a riddle: "During the transitional period, everything was in flux. Somehow, every narrative picks up the story in the midst of things. There is no point of beginning for the Lushshootseed. Instead, the narrative is continuous and proceeds in terms of connections. Things were already in existence but leading separate lives until a link was made and other events followed in due course." J. Miller and V. Hilbert, "Lushootseed Animal People: Mediation and Transformation from Myth to History." In, A.J. Arnold, Editor, Monsters, Tricksters and Sacred Cows. Charlottesville, VA., 1996. p.139.

falling away : "Heard an ambulance go by recently? Remember how the siren's pitch changed as the vehicle raced towards, then away from you? First the pitch became higher, then lower. Originally discovered by the Austrian mathematician and physicist, Christian Doppler (1803-53), this change in pitch results from a shift in the frequency of the sound waves...As the ambulance approaches, the sound waves from its siren are compressed towards the observer. The intervals between waves diminish, which translates into an increase in frequency or pitch. As the ambulance recedes, the sound waves are stretched relative to the observer, causing the siren's pitch to decrease. By the change in pitch of the siren, you can determine if the ambulance is coming nearer or speeding away. If you could measure the rate of change of pitch, you could also estimate the ambulance's speed." "The Doppler Effect: A Familiar Example." http://archive.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Cyberia/Bima/doppler.html