Zev Keisch

New York, NY, United States

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Zev Keisch
Posted over 3 years ago
What is your favorite poem and why?
One of my all time favorites; it uses humor and storytelling to speak of that part of the human condition we often call "working for a living" with a bit of zen twisted in. Hay for the Horses by Gary Snyder He had driven half the night From far down San Joaquin Through Mariposa, up the Dangerous Mountain roads, And pulled in at eight a.m. With his big truckload of hay behind the barn. With winch and ropes and hooks We stacked the bales up clean To splintery redwood rafters High in the dark, flecks of alfalfa Whirling through shingle-cracks of light, Itch of haydust in the sweaty shirt and shoes. At lunchtime under Black oak Out in the hot corral, ---The old mare nosing lunchpails, Grasshoppers crackling in the weeds--- "I'm sixty-eight" he said, "I first bucked hay when I was seventeen. I thought, that day I started, I sure would hate to do this all my life. And dammit, that's just what I've gone and done."