A band of seekers I will join,
A few brave pilgrims find,
To wander wide this glorious Earth
And thus to Heaven climb.
We'll head for spots where crowds are not -
They seldom understand;
The wonders of great Nature vast
Are lost on the modern clan.
Up on great rugged mountain tops
We'll know what life is for!
And not go back to easy chairs
But daily find some more.
By shimmering hidden lakes
Or sandy paths beside the sea,
Fiery clouds of sunset
Will be the night's TV.
We'll sip our liquor from a brook,
Hear coyotes' evening news;
The poverty line will not define
This happy rugged crew.
We'll have the clothes upon our backs,
Some beans and bread and cheese,
A campfire underneath the stars,
A bed beneath the trees.
In rain, we'll get a little wet,
In wind, we'll feel the cold;
We'll travel light, good health and
Strength will be our finest gold.
Through tangled, trackless woods,
Past cliffs, and nap beside a stream;
With days like these, how strange and dead
The Technolife will seem!
I've had my fill of luxuries,
They clog my every pore;
Far better - morning sun, fresh air,
Waves lapping on a shore.
I've had my fill of people
Whose souls have died in church;
They lift their eyes to a God on high
And to Hell with the living Earth!
My Heaven now lies open:
Where others see sand or sod
My steps are now and now
Each pace a caress on the face of God.
- 1985 (final verse composed on January 1, 2000)
Header art by T. Guzzio.
CONNECT WITH RICK:
Born with the A-bomb in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in l944, escaping both the Vietnam draft and a college grooming in 60's Berkeley, learning candlemaking from Quakers and logbuilding in Canada, sharing long foreign travels with one or both kids after seeing the hand-built dream house slip away with the woman in divorce, Rick sees himself now as some canary fleeing the mines and finding lots of fresh air and homegrown food on little family farms for the past eight years in South America. You can reach Rick via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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