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On The Move 'Man, You Gotta Go.' Analysis

Author: Poetry of Thom Gunn Type: Poetry Views: 1061

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The blue jay scuffling in the bushes followsSome hidden purpose, and the gush of birdsThat spurts across the field, the wheeling swallows,Have nested in the trees and undergrowth.Seeking their instinct, or their pose, or both,One moves with an uncertain violenceUnder the dust thrown by a baffled senseOr the dull thunder of approximate words.On motorcycles, up the road, they come:Small, black, as flies hanging in heat, the Boy,Until the distance throws them forth, their humBulges to thunder held by calf and thigh.In goggles, donned impersonality,In gleaming jackets trophied with the dust,They strap in doubt--by hiding it, robust--And almost hear a meaning in their noise.Exact conclusion of their hardinessHas no shape yet, but from known whereaboutsThey ride, directions where the tires press.They scare a flight of birds across the field:Much that is natural, to the will must yield.Men manufacture both machine and soul,And use what they imperfectly controlTo dare a future from the taken routes.It is part solution, after all.One is not necessarily discordOn Earth; or damned because, half animal,One lacks direct instinct, because one wakesAfloat on movement that divides and breaks.One joins the movement in a valueless world,Crossing it, till, both hurler and the hurled,One moves as well, always toward, toward.A minute holds them, who have come to go:The self-denied, astride the created will.They burst away; the towns they travel throughAre home for neither birds nor holiness,For birds and saints complete their purposes.At worse, one is in motion; and at best,Reaching no absolute, in which to rest,One is always nearer by not keeping still.


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