Burrow: the stillness after the action of mounding; a defensive and civic energy. In human societies, it creates defended towns (burroughs and burghs), as well as barrows, mounded hills to shelter the dead; in mythological societies it creates points of geological and geographical dominance, such as the borgs of Iceland or the buttes of the North American West); in the animal world, it creates the empty diggings, or digs, in which small rodents live in the shelter of the earth; in botany, it creates mounded grasses, flowers and mosses, which create tiny microclimates, much warmer than the surrounding world of rock, like small earths in a universe of stone. These latter burrows don’t burrow into earth. They excavate a world within the sun.



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