Even though I knew a lot about Jim before reading these diaries, I was pleasantly surprised with all the poetry he wrote and how good it is. Here's one of my favorites so far:
I sent my love upon thee, child,
I knew thee far away
I wept to see the wandering, wild
I yearned til thou didst pray.
One of a hateful rebel band,
Strong in thy lust for sin,
A furtive, fitful, fiery soul,
I loved; I called thee in,
Snipped thee of thy grimy pride,
Laid bare thy secret want,
Poor vagabond of empty ways
I sent my Spirit to haunt.
Now desert son, the choice is thine:
My love thou canst forget
And go to roaming wasteland paths.
Wilt, willful, wander yet?