Stepping Through

This day 24 of Days of Unreason:

“Nature has portals rather than doors.” – Jim Harrison


Nature hates
civilization’s locks.

For a summer I led
teen-aged boys into the wilderness
of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
and Quetico Provincial Park.

What bothered
the boys was nothing locked –
no privacy.

What I enjoy about nature
is that everywhere you turn
is a grand entryway.

The key to nature;
be there.

A little over a year ago, I joined Jillys2016 in a challenge called “28 Days of Unreason.”  She culled quotes from the poems of Jim Harrison in a book called Songs of Unreason.  We used the quotes as prompts; diving boards suspended over the abyss of poetry.  Jill is revisiting unreason, and I am skipping gleefully along.  Come and join the fun!



11 thoughts on “Stepping Through

  1. Firstly, that picture explains everything! I can smell portals there. On to poetics – the motif of locks and keys are layered so well with this poem, Charley! The grand entryway is both literal and figurative and it makes my chest expand with longing for the wilderness that your words sneak-peek. The final line really reflects mindfullness. Great job!

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  2. I love canoeing the Boundary Waters! This story is true, they grumbled about their lack of privacy and being able to protect their stuff? What a shame. I agree with Jilly, the Grand Entrance of Nature is a wonderful image, both physically and emotionally and spiritually.

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    • Trust me. Two weeks of canoeing up there is cheaper and much, much, much more rewarding than a year’s visit to an NY shrink. A wonderful experience I think everyone should experience once in their lives… more often if they can arrange it.


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