Maybe I should have been

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Maybe I should have been
a nature poet, talking up
clouds and lakes,
wolves and rabbits,
the coyote, the honeybee, the scorpion.

Maybe I should have spent my time
traveling from desert to climax forest,
traveling from valley to mountainside,
talking forest fires, rolling fog,
the endless waves that munch seaside cliffs,
the fantastical desert arches
that occupy our cross section of time,
snails, beetles, microbes, grizzly bears,
and how everything fails and is reborn.

Maybe I’ll let go of my newspaper
this time, maybe
I’ll move to the suburbs and write about
a drowned man, maybe
I’ll go to work for a bank
and write about a drowned man,
maybe after writing about the sea
all my life, it will be a happy ending
to load my pockets with stones
and wade to meet the rising tide.

Maybe I’ll go to work for an insurance company
and write about ice cream.

Maybe I will yet.
Meanwhile, just to remind me
that it’s not all over,
here comes that blackbird again,
calling to see if I’m ready yet
to do the next thing.

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Image: Tragedy, by Johnathan Nightingale, published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license; Birds have more fun, by Jay Walt, published under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license.

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One thought on “Maybe I should have been

  1. I think world events sometimes depress the spirits so much that one questions the point of living our little lives. But then I remember that this is to give in, and allow negative forces power over each and every one of us. Best to do what we are good at, but to do it to the best of our ability, so that both we and others can take heart from that positivity and move to counteract the negativity in today’s world.

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