Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Cold Wind" by Jim Harrison


I like those old movies where tires and wheels run backwards on
horse-drawn carriages pursued by indians, or Model A's driven by
thugs leaning out windows with tommy guns ablaze. Of late I feel a
cold blue wind through my life and need to go backwards myself to
the outback I once knew so well where there were too many mosqui-
toes, blackflies, curious bears, flowering berry trees of sugar plum
and chokeberry, and where sodden and hot with salty sweat I'd slide
into a cold river and drift along until I floated against a warm sandbar,
thinking of driving again the gravel backroads of America at
thirty-five miles per hour in order to see the ditches and gulleys, the
birds in the fields, the mountains and rivers, the skies that hold our
10,000 generations of mothers in the clouds waiting for us to fall
back into their arms again.
"Cold Wind" by Jim Harrison from In Search of Small Gods© Copper Canyon Press, 2009.

No comments:

Post a Comment