“The world that used to nurse us
now keeps shouting insane instructions.
That’s why I ran to the woods.”
~ Jim Harrison from Songs of Unreason
You wonder why I fled?
Well, what was left?
I ran to the woods,
thinking I could be Thoreau
Escape the insanity,
the inanity of the world
where insults are hurled
at the weak
and those who can’t speak
when life is bleak.
Then I dreamt I had a dream–
well, it seemed
to make sense at the time,
full of poetry and rhymes
I don’t remember,
but wish I could.
So, I decided to leave the woods.
I hiked a new trail out of there—
ignoring the signs that warned, “Beware!”
Why did I flee?
I suppose I just needed to see
what is and was and what could be.
This is for Day 22 of Jilly’s 28 Days of Unreason, poetry based on the poetry and work of Jim Harrison.