Beware, O Wanderer

Beware, O Wanderer,
the road is walking too,
said Rilke one day to no one
in particular
as good poets everywhere address
the six directions.

If you can't bow, you're dead meat.
You'll break like uncooked spaghetti.
Listen to the gods.
They're shouting in your ear
every second.

Jim Harrison
from "After Ikkyu," Tricycle, Spring 1996

Playing: Boney James - Ride - RPM
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