Choice, what choice?

Another Jim Harrison prompt for Jilly’s days of unreason challenge that rubs my fur up the wrong way. It’s easily done, you might say.


“The world that used to nurse us

now keeps shouting insane instructions.

That’s why I ran to the woods.”

~ Jim Harrison from Songs of Unreason


This world gives us

no nursing, no cradling,

just birth, death,

and in between is life.

That’s all we get,

no running no hiding,

the opt out is for the rich,

the privileged few.

Not for you and I,

the fox in the ploughed field,

the thrush in the shrinking hedge.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

22 thoughts on “Choice, what choice?”

      1. I fantasise about it too. But what’s really idiotic is that you can shoot as many of them as you want because they are considered number one pest but it’s illegal to keep one in captivity, even if it’s a cub whose mother was massacred by hunters, that you fed from a baby’s feeding bottle and it doesn’t want to ‘go home’ to be shot at.

      2. I agree that we shouldn’t be allowed to steal animals from the wild to keep as pets, but I don’t think we should kill them either, or make orphans of them.

    1. The neighbour who mows our meadow has been agitating to get at the hay since the beginning of May. We’ve told him we’re leaving it until the seed has set and the young animals that are living in it are old enough to be able to get out of the way. They think we’re cranky. He claims if he sees a hare in the long grass he stops the tractor and searches for the young ones before continuing. That I would love to believe, but frankly…

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