(Author's note about the entity born on Earth as a mayfly. This entity, this character whose story on Earth we are following, this bundle of conscious energy is named 'W' - a gender nonspecific title that refers to the wings that help guide flight and to whirlpool, an emergent stable phenomenon within fluid flow.)

W wakes up breathing hard on the surface of a pond trying to dry a pair of wings, feeling anxious about shelter, and trying hard to remember something just out of memory's reach. During a lifetime measured in minutes and hours, W can expect to molt, mature, mate, and die. W does not have much time to develop a contemplative practice and receives no teachings. Immediate survival needs require focus. Instincts are strong for swarming in groups. Self-reflection, when it happens, only lasts for a few precious seconds.

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