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Poetry: hunter and hunted: unconscious, subconscious, conscious: human predicament: poems

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the hunter


The musher has dropped his whip and fallen from the sled. His leg is caught in the tangle, and he is pulled desperately along the ground by the now directionless reins. His screams only drive the hounds further.



the hunted


There is an African antelope so timid that it can be slain without even aiming; the mere report of a rifle, or a fire‑cracker, or the sound of its hoof coming down upon brittleness, or perhaps even its own heartbeat ...and the shocked beast collapses.



the game


The sore and bloody, velvet eruptions are cursed by the stag who has not yet heard the howls of wolves, nor felt the fury of their jaws- phenomena for which it will have need of such burdensome antlers in order to insufficiently defend itself.



and the catch


The case remains of the eagle which swooped down and clenched upon too great a fish, and so was taken under the water and deep enough that neither its great wings, nor beak, nor mighty talons could ever again liberate it from the sea.



(excerpted from THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings, by Jack Haas)

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Books by Jack Haas,

Autobiography, Memoir, Spirituality, Mysticism, Comparative Religion, Poetry, Art, Photography.