The Tale of Amaru
by Jane Karchmar
Amaru talks to snakes, flies, spiders, and all manner of creatures. From them he learns that all is not as it seems. He learns to look through, above, below —wherever the truth might be lurking. His ears are tuned to unusual frequencies. He does all there is to do in life, and when Death finally comes for him, he goes quietly, with just one message to the village children: “Listen. Just listen."