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13 September 2013 @ 11:41 am
Wild by Tony Hoagland  
Wild by Tony Hoagland

In late August when the streams dry up
and the high meadows turn parched and blond,

bears are squeezed out of the mountains
down into the valley of condos and housing developments.

All residents are therefore prohibited
from putting their garbage out early.

The penalty for disobedience will be
bears: large black furry fellows

drinking from your sprinkler system,
rolling your trashcans down your lawn,

bashing through the screen door of the back porch to get their
first real taste of a spaghetti dinner,

while the family hides in the garage
and the wife dials 1-800-BEARS on her cell phone,

a number she just made up
in a burst of creative hysteria.

Isn't that the way it goes?
Wildness enters your life and asks

that you invent a way to meet it,
and you run in the opposite direction

as the bears saunter down Main Street
sending station wagons crashing into fire hydrants,

getting the police department to phone
for tranquilizer guns,

the dart going by accident into the
neck of the unpopular police chief,

who is carried into early retirement
in an ambulance crowned with flashing red lights,

as the bears inherit the earth,
full of water and humans and garbage,

which looks to them like paradise.
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Renata Piperlyonesse on September 13th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
this is awesome.

(ever read "bears discover fire"?)
lazyz: cavedrawinglazyz on September 13th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Love it. Is this what you expect in Maine?
wild, predictable abandon: me_laughing_bwcontessagrrl on September 13th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
love this! thank you.
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Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on September 13th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)

Neat! Thanks for sharing!

later
Tom
sunstealer: Raccoonsunstealer on September 18th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
"The penalty for disobedience will be
bears:"

This is wonderful.