INTRO
WHEN I WAS FIFTEEN
ALONG 693
THE ABORTION PALACE
GROWING UP, TWO AMERICAS
ANNIVERSARY 1984
TO BETTY, 1982
BEYOND NORTH MOUNTAIN
THE BRANDY LINE (ABOUT A FAVORITE GOAT)
CHICAGO AND NORTHWESTERN
DREAM OF CHARLES DE LANGLADE
YOU CALL ME FOLLY MILLS
THE ODYSSEY OF GLOOMY GUS
HILLS
IMPATIENS CAPENSIS
THE ADVANTAGE OF INTELLIGENCE
I DIDN'T KNOW YOU THEN
AFTER YOU LANGLADE
WAITING ON LARAMIE CREEK
THE LESSON
LITTLE RIVER
MEMORY
MUSIC AT THE JACKSON
THE HUMAN CONDITION IS NOT
OLD DOMINION
OLD MAN TO HIMSELF
OLD RIDER
CALLING OWLS
FROM THE TALE OF PETER MINK
THE SCRAPER
MY SHIP
SNAPSHOT
TO OUR SONS, 1982
SPRING PEEPERS
TED
TREES OF NEW JERSEY
A TRUE DOCTOR
DEATH OF WILBUR
BY WINNEBAGO'S SHORE
©Poems of R.F.Mueller- Other Times, Other Thoughts

MAKE REVOLUTION
R.F. Mueller


Rebel Now!
Rebel against smoothness, uniformity and straightness.
Rebel against comfort, security and greatness.
Against the smooth curve and brightness (except the stars).
Rebel against great piles, monuments and towers,
The leveling of fields, all shafts and cuts,
And against the pursed lip and neatness

2.

Rebel against the furrow, the fence, the ditch,
The road, the dam, circumference, and all truncations.
Rebel against lines-of-sight and excavations,
Marching, lording, anthropomorphic gods and authorizations.
Rebel against ancestor-worship and justifications,
Rights, assertions, pride, institution-worship, domestication,
Clean underwear, and polished boots,
Against expediency, commerce, chairs, tables, and salvation.

3.

Rebel against watches, orders, reports, blarings, hums,
Against clanks, rulers, latches, chemical and mechanical solutions.
Rebel against the sky-defilers, defilers of earth and water,
Against using wilderness, cutting tree roots, and universal harvesting,
Against nature solace and stewardship,
Even against nature as science and nature as art.

4.

Instead
Seek out discomfort, insecurity, roughness, and angularity,
Chaff, dross, waviness, dimnness and granularity,
Great mountain floods, wild washes, cloudiness,
Heat, frost, blue sky, spunk and slime,
Humidity, drought, cyclones and denial.
Then your shadow is the world at play.


 

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Nature usually exhibits a fruitful balance between order and disorder-or low and high entropy. But Human culture tends to greatly emphasize order and the myth of "control." In a sense order and neatness are the enemies of much that is most worth cherishing in our lives. The investments of time and energy to achieve them subtract from Nature's greatest gifts and learning experiences. Some examples are lawn care, personal cosmetics and the world of fashion But planning is necessary too, to avoid the pitfalls of chaos, or disorder without the balance of order. Of course, this balance comes out of our personalities to a large degree, although it can be learned through experience and by example-for which I thank my mother!