Poem on opting out

By Philip Brewer on 8 October 2007 (Updated 12 October 2007) comments
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A while back I wrote a piece on Opting out of the money economy, a topic I've long been interested in.

Because of that long interest, the poem "Getting By" by Gary L. Lark caught my ear when it was on the most recent Writer's Almanac.

I started picking ferns, barking chittam
and selling mushrooms; made spinners
and tied trout flies; got used to getting by.

It's a powerful piece. If, like me, you have a sneaking suspicion that it might be more fun to "just get by" than to spend the rest of your life working for the man, follow that link and savor the poem. (Maybe even buy the book: Men At the Gates.)

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