Things I Can’t Believe

south Taos scene

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I can’t believe how good it looks, for all the lunacy and exile boojum soaked into the ground. I can’t believe that elm tree hasn’t fallen yet and taken out the wall. I can’t believe a bear broke half a pear tree down right after I moved in, and the rest took ten years to die. I can’t believe I clean the chimney with a stick. I can’t believe the piñon burns so hot. I can’t believe this works so well, for all the useless desperation of the past. New Mexico, they got this down. The basic stuff was always here.

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John Hamilton Farr lives at 7,000 feet in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore tells it, John is “a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” This JHFARR.COM site is the master writing archive. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page. For a complete list of all John’s writing, photography, NFTs, and social media links, please visit JHFARR.ART  

  • Rita October 28, 2014, 12:54 PM

    I can’t believe that you have not found a house yet.

    • JHF October 28, 2014, 1:10 PM

      No kidding. On the other hand, look at that view! But the main thing is, it’s been stable. This is a hard town for housing, either renting or buying, for a lot of different reasons. That alone has made me want to flee before. As it stands now, I’d be happy to buy a place.

      • Rita October 28, 2014, 1:17 PM

        Is it out-of-the-question to buy a piece of land and build on it?

        • JHF October 28, 2014, 1:25 PM

          No, not at all. Might give me something fun to look at!

  • bethie October 28, 2014, 8:34 PM

    I always go back to JHFarr and Richard Brautigan. Love you John. Hi to Kathy! xoxo



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