Things I would like to do with You in the Woods.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 20, 2013
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Now there’s a followup: Things I Would Like to do with You this Evening.

Now, there’s a third: Things I Would Like to Remember about Yesterday.

And now there’s a fourth: Things I would like to do with you in Time.


“The simplest things are often the truest.” ~ Richard Bach


little forest | vintage children's book illustration by Inge Friebel, 1959 #vintage #illustration #forestI would like to go a way’s away, to a Cabin, and I would like to look you in the eyes, and you look me in the eyes, as lovers do, a soft invisible smile, quiet, warm, calm. I would like to not come back for ten days (ten days is not long enough, but it is longer than I have taken for myself in eleven years). It would be a first visit, a return to the woods of my youth. I can cut wood quite well, and show you how. I can pick too much mint, because I am distracted by you. The mint is strong, almost bitter, in the wild.

I would like to walk with you in the moonlight. The grass is wet. I can see you clearly in the dark, only you are black and white, but I cannot see how the gate opens, so I have to feel for it, and the ground is uneven so…walking, talking, listening to and with you…I walk left then right, as if tipsy. The ground is not flat out here, and I love you. I mean, I love that about nature: it is uneven.

I would like to love you, but I do not know you, and I value space more than even love, for in space we can play. I would make a fort in our cabin out of sheets and we can go inside and just lie there. I am looking at you, into you, and you are looking at me, into me. And we could read a paperback. I have a good reading voice. And we could have a fire, though it is not cold, but it would light up the fort, flickering, warmly, with shadows of our future. I would like to love you and you love me, for love can only be shared, but my luck does not run that way, these days, or for awhile, and I have a feeling that I will not love and be loved again until all my luck is run out.

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

I would like to talk with you about things I care about that others do not care about because they do not care about me, and hear you care, not because you care about me, but because you care about the things I care about.

I would like to listen. I could do it half the night, hour turning over hour, until I fall asleepinyourwords. I need make up time: I need to listen and breathe and take you in and just


I need to relax, and breathe—and what I need most (of course) is to cry. But you will not see my tears, for I can not quite cry yet. The mosquitoes, the water roaring beneath us, your unwritten life set like calligraphy on a new page, arching, bright, sharp, wandering, struggling, fast, laughing—letting go is half the beauty in elegance.

You are kind.

I would like to bring a cheap paperback with pen illustrations, say, and read it in the crook of a tree, and I would gingerly walk there barefoot, and you would be overdressed in a one dollar secondhand dress, as if going to a play. You would skip stones in the creek, then I would try and outdo you. You would set out a picnic, and I would eat your leftovers, and the trees far above would waver greenly in my eyes as I looked up at you looking up at them.

There’s a yellow butterfly! On the book, waving its wings without flying, softly. I wonder what it is thinking about, today?

"The Sunset House in southern West Virginia: built by Lilah & Nick using lumber reclaimed from a barn & windows reclaimed from junkyards." - Cabin Porn
“The Sunset House in southern West Virginia: built by Lilah & Nick using lumber reclaimed from a barn & windows reclaimed from junkyards.” ~ Cabin Porn

On the second-to-last night, I would like to make another fire, even though we do not need it for warmth: because it is summer, and we have old wool blankets. But the flickering flames, the shifting warm light, is the best light for talking, endlessly, as if we were at camp, and sex is not the only thing we humans can think about. And perhaps I could hold your hand. There is nothing better than holding a hand, feeling your fingers, your nails, your callouses, your palm. And your hand, held yet holding mine, feeling the stress and bruises of life, your strong fingers cautioning: rest now, you are cared for.

When I awaken I would like to meditate, with or without you, it is up to you. And I would like to do the samurai’s calisthenics (I can show you how), and brush my teeth in the cold stream. And it is the woods, so I would not need to shave. But I might anyways, because sometimes it is doubly nice shaving in the woods, one’s face pressed up near to an old little mirror over a wash basin set on a rickety winter-worn wood shelf.

And I would to make dark, dark coffee in a french press, but you are better at it.

I would like to care for you.

I would like to see you again, and I know you are in love and love is not available to me, and the funny thing is, I do not mind. Perhaps when one has come over a long mountainpass, and is hungry, happy, beaten, and sad, and finally humbled, and lonely, perhaps then sunshine is enough. And perhaps next time we could go for more than ten days, and never return.

“If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life.” ~ Wu-Men

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Hipster Cabin: Image: source. The actual image I would like to use is a thousand times less sexy and a thousand times more beautiful, but it is not mine to use, and it is of she who inspired this. And this is not about her, I do not know her.

Funny: I just realized I’m half writing about that video.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


70 Responses to “Things I would like to do with You in the Woods.”

  1. Rachel says:

    'Perhaps when one has come over a long mountainpass, and is hungry, happy, beaten, and sad, and finally humbled, and lonely, perhaps then sunshine is enough'


    Sunshine that still touches on the body that holds a romantic heart with an ability to vision and dream

  2. solfulsoul says:

    haha that made me smile.. but what's wrong with a man wanting to teach.. even if his listening eyes gleam with pedantry =)

  3. solfulsoul says:

    I think she got you with the "writing to the whoever" thing.. but as a fellow male, I know this can only speak to "the her that you do know".. even if you don't realize it yet..

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  6. Emily says:

    You are beautiful. I love the last line, it made me tear up.

  7. John L says:

    Thank you Waylon for so eloquently speaking for the romantic but often subdued male heart! Curious, though: why choose the lead-picture icon and title that seem objectifying to women? What is with the use of an image of a young, alluring female? What was the thought process behind that?

  8. elephantjournal says:

    Good catch! I actually addressed that image at the bottom of the above: "The actual image I would like to use is a thousand times less sexy and a thousand times more beautiful, but it is not mine to use, and it is of she who inspired this. And this is not about her, I do not know her."

  9. AnJill says:

    Wow … speechless…Way did you write this??? this is beautiful deep , lovely, raw emotion thanks for transporting me…
    PS : Love is available to you… here is a little ditty for you bro …love your soul sister Jill xox


    how can one small word mean so much?
    mean everything

    everything that is sacred
    everything that is real

    Oh love you're so elusive
    here then gone

    your fleeting moments
    encompass all the depth
    that I will ever know

    your truth and beauty
    will find me again

    jill virginia mangino

  10. Georgie says:

    Beautiful written word, utterly touched my heart .. Thank you xx

  11. Phil U. says:

    Yes! This sentence stopped me, spoke to me, moved me. I am currently blessed with sunshine after a long mountainpass trek. What a learning it is to stay present and grateful and not attach to fantasies of the future…

  12. Jenna B. Wiser says:

    Beautiful!! I will do this with my lover someday but we may never come back. #10 knows nothing of my love or has access to my phones/account. Someday soon I will be free to experience bliss like this with my love. Thank you for this inspiration!!

  13. Sarah Metzger says:

    This warms my soul and makes my heart smile.

  14. Sierra says:

    Let me join you and sit beneath the trees under the stars, each a pinhole of light in everlasting darkness…I will go with you! 🙂 So lovely <3

  15. Lacy says:

    I read this long ago, feeling much depth from it. I searched, and searched, and searched for this article many times with hope of endlessly reading it, and feeling it, with no luck, until now. BEAUTIFUL! Already printed off and saved forever.

  16. Mariana says:

    Beautiful! Lots of inspirations dancing around in my head after reading this.

  17. Dhruva says:

    I have read this a few times, it is just soooooo good. Makes me feel warm inside. Thank you 🙂

  18. elephantjournal says:

    The book is coming!

  19. Elliott Smiggen says:

    You are an amazing person, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful exploration into reality and the imagination

  20. HeroGames says:

    Good job my friend is very cool article nice man.

    al3ab tabkh