I went for a walk in the woods. He waved and I blinked my eyes. He was gone, slipped into the bush. I thought I was mistaken, but then I heard a gravelly voice call to me, “What if?”
“What if it was him?” I heard myself say.
“What if, what if..” I began to sing.
I wandered down the trail, the wind blew gently some rain began to fall. The drop drop pitter patter made a steady beat to which I stepped my feet on the grass, the mossy rocks, the pebbles and the dirt worn smooth by Indians who began long before I was here.
“What if, what if?” I sang as I marched along. Quickening my pace, I began to sing this song:
'What if the water ran uphill? What if nights were dark and quiet What if days were still? What if people believed a better world is possible? What if What if?
I sang and the wind sent a breeze, then a shiver down my spine. I saw a falling leaf.
What better time to make a friend? What if, What if, He exists? What if he spoke to me? What if as he waved his hand? He is, like me, a friendly furry man?
What if he lives nearby? What if he knows the words to songs sung long ago When the gentle people of the stars settled in these hills? Who welcomed me with gentle wave Landin on the shore Those earthly folks who smoothed this very path. What if he smoked a pipe and put his feet up on a stool. What if I found his place? What if he had a fireplace like a hobbit house?
What if he had a stone hot tup To watch the nighttime sky see stars twinkling And stars shooting by.
What if he were a storyteller Who told me what the trees do say And the meaning of the birds What do they have to say?
What if a Martian joined us? And told us about his flying saucer and how he learned to fly? What if he sent a post card home to tell his friend on Mars what he saw this very night.
Tea with Bigfoot. A man walking in the woods a wave Did see, a blink, he’s gone, a voice He called to me?
Retreat two steps two steps again To peer into the shrubbery he heard a voice: “What if, Again?” Yet saw no trace of that furry friendly face Se went on his way to sing:
“What if, what if? What if he waved to me: What if, I come back to take a walk again? What if He and I were friends?
What if he likes BBQ and pickles in the ground What if he had an instrument What if, wonder about his sound His voice was low and gravely, he’d need something deep What if a bass or susipoone Wouldn’t that be neat?
What if he had a wife named Alice and ran a restaurant. Called ‘The Hidden Beaast’ What if the voices of many Began to sing as one And the animals began to sing along An elephant’s might trumpet, a most unusual horn!
Dogs yapping and birds chirping Whistling, the wind Purs and scratch and meow said all the cats “Neigh” horses on the Raines Let me loose to join this strange parade What if the animals sang together What a strange tune What if—you never know A dog played the guitar and a cat famous for his keys What if a monkey made a flute from a bamboo stalk And then to began to sing a song, “you thought I couldn’t talk?” We’re like you and me, you live in a house and I live in a tree I looked in your window and saw myself on TV What if the monkey had some friends A gorilla or orangutan who could play the drums A lion with a harp and a wart hog with a harmonica What if—you never know I saw cows come running To hear a heavenly cello.
What if Bigfoot had a library of these common words, the third the caw, the quack, the nut.
“What if,” he said “Let’s have a feast” Bigfoot said to me. As he poured a tasty porter brewed with monkeys yeast. Friends of mine he said, always been a secret they have never shared that I smoke a pipe and put my feet up on a stool I am the holder of the secrets of our Mother Earth. You have been selected who walks with gentle foot to share these secrets with the people of the Earth.
“Some have seen me here or there, but I leave without a trace, but you who heard me say, “What if?“ have learned that I am real. To the rest of Earth I ask you to reveal :
There is the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, the Waters and the Skies, the heavens they call the one above and Earth the one below, Humans have made hell.
Once a peaceful paradise walked man, till he walked and walked no more. He made things he did not need and work became his way. To do a job and work away the life given to be free.
Food was found on the trees and on the vines, the planting was all done by the wind and bees, the water and the sun.
“I want more.” said some. “I want power over you for I am taller I am bigger and I’’ll make you run from the place you walked so free, the first wars begun
“What if what if” Bigfoot sang, “the world made peace?” “Maybe then I’d join your band, yes, I’d play the bass. Many songs I know, many I will write. I am a poet of the woods a being of class and taste. I like to light a fire and put my feet up on a stool and smoke a pipe and read The Canterbury Tales
What if What if What if you say is really true, can you help me he said, “I’ll tell you what to do.
What if I have a bunch of friends who are Bigfoot too>?
What if the lies that you’ve believ3ed fell from your eyes, then you’d see I’m just like you beneath my Bigfoot guise. Perhaps we’d make a funny pair singing side by side
What if a hairy man singing in the rain brought back proof, did you hear the rain?
Come on back Sunday next to the same place When you hear, “What if, What if?” You know you’ve found the place, bring some paper and a pen and a recording machine. I shall tell a tale you will one day believe.
What if, what If I do not deceive I wandered home and pondered what he said
What if my eyes misheard or my ears misled? What if I sang a silly song Only a fool would believe
I saw him in the woods on a rainy day I met a hairy man I met a hairy man One day I walked into the woods And He waved a hairy hand.