Thoughts on Walking

If You Walk Long Enough (with apologies to Alice, from Wonderland)

Where shall I go from here? asks the dog.

Why bother? It is perfectly fine here in the sun, says the cat.

I don’t think it matters, if you have a mud wallow first, grunts the pig. 

Keep walking, pull your share, wheezes the mule.

All roads lead somewhere, offers the cow, chewing her cud.

The world is a marvelous place, declares the spider.

Come, sit beside me, here in the parlor,  

and I shall tell you.

Published by Nancy Hartney

Nancy Hartney's debut novel hits the shelves 2021. If You Walk Long Enough is a tale of a return from the Vietnam War to a place that is no longer home and the people have become strangers. It is a tale of psychic pounding, of the twists and turns of relationships, of upheaval, and survival. Her previous two short story collections set in the South—'Washed in the Water: Tales from the South' and 'If the Creek Don’t Rise: Tales from the South' continue to be available in bookstores and public libraries. Hartney writes poetry and magazine articles. Her work can be found in various regional publications, horse magazines, and national poetry journals. She often serves as writing contest judge, workshop leader, and presents author readings at libraries and book clubs. She is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Ozarks Writers League (MO), Tallahassee Writers Association (FL), Ozark Creative Writers (AR), and two local critique groups. Her books are available in print and e-format as well as audio.

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