[The following poem was also published on my philosophy website/blog]
Whither this sport-utility realism,
Amid reticence and lassitude,
Against a child’s fortitude?
Is this not sheer resolution?
And where do these preparations end?
However duty-bound they be,
Does this road lead
Where they might be free?
Behold these delights:
A fox running in the snow
And geese taking flight,
Some snapping as they go.
Yes, and would the dog really like
To chase them on the lake,
Just as the wind appears to do,
Sweeping up and creating a swell?
Ah, and the wind imparts a thrill,
So fresh as it enlivens anew,
We breathe, and then let go.