a poem for labor day

Things to Think
by Robert Bly

Think in ways you’ve never thought before.
If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message
Larger than anything you’ve ever heard,
Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.

Think that someone may bring a bear to your door,
Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose
Has risen out of the lake, and he’s carrying on his antlers
A child of your own whom you’ve never seen.

When someone knocks on the door, think that he’s about
To give you something large: tell you you’re forgiven,
Or that it’s not necessary to work all the time, or that it’s
Been decided that if you lie down no one will die.

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peace, dwight

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  1. Telemarketer, Fuller brush salesman, and the mayor asking for a vote. I think I will go to bed now.

  2. Nice. Think. Use that good old imagination to change the world.

  3. very good.