I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Jim Harrison wrote more than forty books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novella series Legends of the Fall. He lived in rural Michigan, Montana, and Arizona. He died in 2016.
Like peasants everywhere in the history / of the world ours can’t figure out why / they’re getting poorer. Their sons join / the army to get work being shot at.