Poem: a boy’s wilderness

By Paul Brown

how he learned to love the sun
how it filled his smile
how a pleasant breeze came along on the journey
how he spent hours that long Indian Summer day
wandering the fields
investigating the marshes  ponds  creeks
tracking a wolf watching a red-tailed hawk
how at evening back home exhausted and happy
he was spooked by a feeling
a feeling that he had
without knowing
acted out some ancient primitive impulse
that gave him answers he couldn’t put into words
to questions he didn’t know he should ask