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My raft went whirling downstream toward the Bitter Water. As I pushed the raft from the shore, I began my death song -- I had the right. There was a great spike of rusted metal sticking out into the river -- I hauled myself up upon it and sat there, panting. No man of my tribe had seen it, not even my father, the priest. His father allows him to go on a spiritual journey, not realizing John is going to this forbidden place. I think that would be a good follow-up reading because it further emphasizes word choice and the idea of how we can and maybe should distance ourselves from our culture in order to analyze it. Always when I looked for game, it was in front of my arrow, and twice I passed hunting parties of the Forest People without their knowing. It was a dead man's house, a spirit house. It is not easy to kill a panther with one arrow but the arrow went through his eye and into his brain. But, before I knew it, the bow was in my hand. The priests of John's people the hill people are inquisitive people associated with the divine. Nevertheless, when I had dried my bowstring and re-strung it, I walked forward to the Place of the Gods. Also, if it is not in an anthology, I would have to print it out or have students read it off their tablets…provided they have those.

Very great they were, and wonderful and broken -- broken in the time of the Great Burning when the fire fell out of the sky. I saw both banks of the river -- I saw that once there had been god-roads across it, though now they were broken and fallen like broken vines.

They were singing the Star song in the outer chamber and it was like the buzzing of bees in my head. It was a dead man's house, a spirit house. Always when I looked for game, it was in front of my arrow, and twice I passed hunting parties of the Forest People without their knowing.

Now go on your journey. It is there that spirits live, and demons -- it is there that there are the ashes of the Great Burning.

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Most of all, I liked to hear of the Old Days and the stories of the gods. I waited again on the flat rock, fasting, taking no food. When I was very near, my raft struck and turned over. His "deadly mist" and "fire falling from the sky" seem eerily prescient of the descriptions of the aftermath of nuclear blasts. His father allows him to go on a spiritual journey, not realizing John is going to this forbidden place. As I pushed the raft from the shore, I began my death song -- I had the right. My body hurt but not my heart. When I was a man at last, I came to my father and said, "It is time for me to go on my journey. I looked after it, and thought if it had trod me under, at least I would be safely dead. So I knew my magic was strong and my journey clean, in spite of the law. Influence on later work[ edit ] Ayn Rand 's novella Anthem is widely believed to have been inspired by this story. My body is painted for death and my limbs weak, but my heart is big as I go to the Place of the Gods! After John returns to his tribe, he tells his father of "the place New York. The current changed itself -- I drew near to the Place of the Gods. But that is a great sin.

It is very long, very wide. I could feel evil spirits about me, I was swept down the stream.

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It was a fine song. So he knew that I was truly his son and would be a priest in my time. Give me your leave. My knowledge made me happy -- it was like a fire in my heart. It is forbidden to go to the Place of the Gods. No man has come there before.

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By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét