Advice to Those Imperiled by the Encroachment of Personal Civilization — a Poem

jim-harrison

Borrowed from the internet somewhere — Dunno.  But this is author/poet Jim Harrison.  The one in front.  The meaner looking one.

 

Don’t bite the chain.

Be like the wild-wise ones.  Do
what they do — measure
the links, feel when it tenses.

Walk
it back — then run
full-bore.  Stop
just at that point.  Make
the chain break
itself.  Don’t settle
for civilizing kibbles.  Range
free, and eat
deeply!

Be the dog the rancher won’t let near her cattle!

 

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Written in response to reading Jim Harrison’s poem, “Tethered.” 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Advice to Those Imperiled by the Encroachment of Personal Civilization — a Poem

  1. You had me, of course, at Harrison. Don’t bite the chain, make it break itself… Yes indeed! That line in Tethered about the poets who don’t run for it… That really gets me, and I love your response to it.

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