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Re: [hiking-351] The Call of the Wild

From: Pam
Sent on: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 1:26 AM
I loved and identified with the poem, Scott. Thanks for sharing!

On Sun, 25 Jul[masked]:15:49 -0400
  Scott <[address removed]> wrote:
> Here's a poem by Robert Service that I think a lot of us can identify with. 
>I really like it. I hope you enjoy it. 
> The Call of the Wild
> Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there's nothing else to gaze on,
> Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore,
> Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the binding sunsets blazon,
> Black Canyons where the rapids rip and roar?
> Have you swept the visioned valley with the green stream streaking through 
> Search the Vastness for a something you have lost?
> Have you strung your soul to silence? Then for God's sake go and do it;
> Hear the Challenge, learn the lesson, pay the cost.
> Have you wandered in the wilderness, the sage-brush desolation,
> The bunch-grass levels where the cattle graze?
> Have you whistled bits of rag-time at the end of creation,
> And learned to know the desert's little ways?
> Have you camped upon the foothills, have you galloped o'er the ranges,
> Have you roamed the arid sun-lands through an through?
> Have you chummed up with the messa? Do you know its moods and changes?
> Then listen to the Wild - it's calling you.
> Have you known the Great White Silence, not a snow-gemmed twig aquiver?
> (Eternal truths that shame our soothing lies.)
> Have you broken trail on snowshoes? mushed your huskies up the river,
> Dared the unknown, led the way, and clutched the prize?
> Have you marked the map's void spaces, mingled with the mongrel races,
>Felt the savage strength of brute in every thew?
> And though grim as hell the worst is, can you round it off with curses?
> Then hearken to the Wild - it's wanting you.
> Have you suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled down, yet grasped at 
> Grown bigger in the bigness of the whole?
> "Done things" just for the doing, letting babblers tell the story,
> Seeing through the nice veneer the naked soul?
> Have you seen God in His splendors, heard the text that nature renders?
> (You'll never hear it in the family pew.)
> The simple things, the true things, the silent men who do things -
> Then listen to the Wild - it's calling you.
> They have cradled you in custom, they have primed you with their preaching,
> They have soaked you in convention through and through;
> They have put you in a showcase; you're a credit to their teaching -
> But can't you hear the Wild? - it's calling you.
> Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
> Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
> There's a whisper on the night-wind, there's a star agleam to guide us,
> And the Wild is calling, calling . . . Let us go.
>                                       R. Service 
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