Things to Think
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.
Robert Bly, Morning Poems (1998).
The first stanza of this poem appeared in a March 20 post, Not Running Short of Small Change. Yet, a single stanza is but one piece of the pie when the poet has meant for us to have the whole. To deny, is to shortchange.