Intention to Escape from Him
I think I will learn some beautiful language, useless for commercial
Purposes, work hard at that.
I think I will learn the Latin name of every songbird,
not only in America but wherever they sing.
(Shun meditation, though; invite the controversial;
Is the world flat? Do bats eat cats?) By digging
hard I might deflect that river, my mind, that
Turgid and yellow, strong to overflow its banks in spring, carrying
A bed of pebbles now, through which there trickles one clear
narrow stream, following a course henceforth nefast--
Dig, dig; and if I come to ledges, blast.
-E. St. Vincent Millay