Old Man's Confession of Faith
The blowing wind I let it blow,
I let it come, I let it go.
Always it has my full permission.
Such is my doctrinal position.
I let it blow, I more than let it,
I comfort give, aid and abet it.
Young long ago I would resist it.
Today, full circle, I assist it.
When the wind blows, I let it blow me.
Where the wind goes, why there I go me.
I teach the wind no indoor manners
But egg it on with flags and banners.
Whether it expedite or slow me
When the wind blows I let it blow me.
Blow long, blow late, blow wild, blow crazy
Blow paper bag, blow dust, blow daisy
Blow east, blow westI let it blow.
I never never tell it No.
Robert Francis, Collected Poems, 1936-1976,
University of Massachusetts Press, 1985.