I am a sacrifice bound with cords to the horns of the world's rock altar, waiting for worms. I take

I am a sacrifice bound with cords to the horns …

I am a sacrifice bound with cords to the horns of the world's rock altar, waiting for worms. I take a deep breath, I open my eyes. Looking, I see there are worms in the horns of the altar like live maggots in amber, there are shells of worms in the rock and moths flapping at my eyes. A wind from no place rises. A sense of the real exults me; the cords loosen: I walk on my way.

Annie Dillard