I sit up late dumb as a cow,
which is to say
somewhat conscious with thirst
and hunger, an eye for the new moon
and the morning’s long walk
to the water tank. Everywhere
around me the birds are waiting
for the light. In this world of dreams
don’t let the clock cut up
your life in pieces.
From Jim Harrison: The Essential Poems, by Jim Harrison © 2019. Reprinted with permission of Copper Canyon Press (coppercanyonpress.org).