Gargoyle 8
cover photo by Stan Wayman
publication date 12/2/1977


Susan Hankla

A child asks me a question:
"Can I walk anywhere
in the woods?"

I don’t know.

When I try to see out
there is always
a limit.
I see through my need
Sometimes I can’t see anything
for the need.

So I don’t know

Yes. Go ahead!

Say I love you–
Go ahead

But can we love anywhere
without possessions
without shelter?

Can we always be
who we need to be
anywhere in these woods?

Or is there a hurtful limit?

a bear.