Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Out Here


(image: gray fox)







Out Here


If you hang back like a fox, pacing
at the edge of a copse at dusk, always
reticent to enter the meadow, then you
shouldn't complain about never having
been embraced by those in the know
and the power and the glory. If you are


literally eccentric, sir or madame, you will
be stuck in circumfrantic, extra-circular
conditions. The thing is, the fox not only
loves, knows, and trusts the woods, but
the fox also likes being in the company
of few or fewer. If, like the fox, you stayed


out there, out here, then cease your pining
for the center. In fact, go back into the woods
and pursue the work you love. If few or fewer
people see it, so be it; it's still work. You're
still you. And maybe this work was what
you were meant to do.
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Copyright 2009 Hans Ostrom
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