Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Poet: Robert Bly, "The Resemblance Between Your Life and a Dog"

"The Resemblance Between Your Life and a Dog"

"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 changed.

Sparrows in winter, if you've ever held one, all feathers,
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."

  - Robert Bly

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