Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Your Life and a Dog
Something a little lighter tonight.......I came across this poem that I enjoyed so much:
"The Resemblance Between Your Life and a Dog" by Robert Bly from Eating the Honey of Words (Perennial).
I never intended to have this life, believe me.
It just happened. You know how dogs turn up
At a farm, and they wag, but can't explain.
It's good if you can accept your life - you'll notice
Your face has become deranged trying to adjust
To it. Your face thought your life would look
Like your bedroom mirror when you were ten.
That was a clear river touched by mountain wind.
Even your parents can't believe how much you've
Sparrows in winter, if you've ever held one,
Burst out of your hand with a fiery glee.
You see them later in hedges. Teachers praise you.
But you can't quite get back to the winter sparrow.
Your life is a dog. He's been hungry for miles,
Doesn't particularly like you, but gives up,
and comes in.