Wednesday, 18 of October of 2017

Tag » beat poetry

Stever Toth – O Coyote

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 O coyote
they don’t like to see you
being so free
So they come with their arms
You can hear them loading up
You can hear them
egging each other on
to find some courage
& run you out of all decent company
But they have no courage
except for the numbers they buy
They never lose

So they drive you out
of the day time
& into the night time
The nerves of their consciences are deadened
but when the sun’s going down
coyote_in_field& the sky’s opening in darkness
The echoes of your howl
still rattle their brains
& make their hearts beat wildly
Because despite everything to the contrary
they love you madly
Can’t really live without you in fact

O coyote
they don’t like to see you
being so free
But you don’t care about what they like
You throw your head back
& let go a howl
that will echo wild & free in every atom
even in the atoms
they sometimes call their bodies


Gary Snyder – John Muir on Mt. Ritter:

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After scanning its face again and again,
I began to scale it, picking my holds
With intense caution. About half-way
To the top, I was suddenly brought to
A dead stop, with arms outspread
Clinging close to the face of the rock
Unable to move hand or foot
Either up or down. My doom
Appeared fixed. I MUST fall.
There would be a moment of
Bewilderment, and then,
A lifeless rumble down the cliff
To the glacier below.
My mind seemed to fill with a
Stifling smoke. This terrible eclipse
Lasted only a moment, when life blazed
Forth again with preternatural clearness.
I seemed suddenly to become possessed
Of a new sense. My trembling muscles
Became firm again, every rift and flaw in
The rock was seen as through a microscope,
My limbs moved with a positiveness and precision
With which I seemed to have
Nothing at all to do.

Gary Snyder


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