Spring Jim Harrison

Before I was born I was water. I thought of this sitting on a blue chair surrounded by pink, red, white hollyhocks in the yard in front of my green studio. There are conclusions to be drawn but I can't do it anymore. Born man, child man, singing man, dancing man, loving man, old man, dying man. This is a round river and we are her fish who become water.

--Jim Harrison, from Saving Daylight



  • This poem speaks to the cycle of birth and death. Write your own poem exploring these themes.
  • Focus on an image in nature. A tree, bird, pond. Allow the image itself to teach you about the human condition. Journal your responses.
  • Write a poem or prose piece about water and your relationship to it.