Harlan Simantel

(August 8,1951 / Hillsboro, Oregon USA)

Animal freedom


nice to be an animal
free from worry and care
no possessions
no clothes to wear

no toothbrush or comb
sleep anywhere
no clock to watch nor time to keep
sun and moon with you, awake or asleep

away from it all
enjoying woods and field
no rush hour to negotiate
your animal spirit healed

mate with whomever
no marriage endeavor
'poor' as you both are -
on a wild date - gaze at a falling star

never a need to cook
food from soil, stream or forest nook
eat your meat and veggies raw
no fork or knife - use your beak or paw

wild, surprising adventure
every challenging day
nature intended an interesting life
this natural way

Submitted: Thursday, October 02, 2008

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  • Ebba Poole (6/6/2013 1:37:00 PM)

    I love this poem. It makes animal life sound so much better than the life we have as human (Report) Reply

  • Sameer Ahmed (1/19/2009 12:09:00 AM)

    Wow! A very beautiful poem though the topic is so usual and we in normal life do neglect animals but you have drawn a nice portray in words of their life patterns............Animals are indeed precious and anything that has life in it is really precious.I like the use of metaphors of natural life tendencies of an animal and how they enjoy their freedom..........10 (Report) Reply

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