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It's evening and it's cool and I'm walking. On the phone and half-distracted and breathing in the tart air like a prisoner who's been locked up in a cell all day. And there's the rustic coffee shop on the corner, across the street from Starbucks, all wooden floors and wobbly tables and the too-heavy scent of cream in the air. A quiet haven, the kind of coffee shop where people actually work instead of chatter or prattle or ramble in your ears. Walking past, still talking; there in the window, a canvas bag, a little Henry David Thoreau - "In wildness is the preservation of the world" - and I am rushed back to magnolia afternoons and lying in the grass and Emerson and Walden and transcendentalist escape.

And the wildness thing comes back, hits me like a smack in the face when I'm not watching for it, reminds me of the lure of the wild and the untamed and the subversive and the defiant at a time when I am feeling too domesticated, unsettled, fenced in. And something about that word never ceases to make my heart flutter. WILD wild Wild wilderness wildness wild Wild WILD

wild horses couldn't take me away. laura ingalls wilder. lost in the wilderness. "the most alive is the wildest" - thoreau. wild strawberries. "sowing your wild oats." wild tuberoses climbing up a terrace. running wild. wild hair (note it's been especially wild lately, yes indeed, always a good barometer of my inner state). a wild pitch. careening wildly down the sidewalk. wild rice. "that's wild, man." bewildering. idylwild. oscar wilde. wild country. into the wild - krakauer. "wild thing/you make my heart sing/you make everything/groovy."

wild [wahyld] -er, -est, adverb, noun
1. living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal; wild geese.
2. growing or produced without cultivation or the care of humans, as plants, flowers, fruit, or honey: wild cherries.
3. uncultivated, uninhabited, or waste: wild country.
4. uncivilized or barbarous: wild tribes.
5. of unrestrained violence, fury, intensity, etc.; violent; furious: wild strife; wild storms.
6. characterized by or indicating violent feelings or excitement, as actions or a person's appearance: wild cries; a wild look.
7. frantic or distracted; crazy: to drive someone wild.
8. violently or uncontrollably affected: wild with rage; wild with pain.
9. undisciplined, unruly, or lawless: a gang of wild boys.
10. unrestrained, untrammeled, or unbridled: wild enthusiasm.
11. disregardful of moral restraints as to pleasurable indulgence: He repented his wild youth.
12. unrestrained by reason or prudence: wild schemes.
13. amazing or incredible: Isn't that wild about Bill getting booted out of the club?
14. disorderly or disheveled: wild hair.
15. wide of the mark: He scored on a wild throw.
16. Informal. intensely eager or enthusiastic: wild to get started; wild about the new styles.
17. Cards. (of a card) having its value decided by the wishes of the players.
18. Metallurgy. (of molten metal) generating large amounts of gas during cooling, so as to cause violent bubbling.
19. in a wild manner; wildly.
20. Often, wilds. an uncultivated, uninhabited, or desolate region or tract; waste; wilderness; desert: a cabin in the wild; a safari to the wilds of Africa.
21. blow wild, (of an oil or gas well) to spout in an uncontrolled way, as in a blowout. Compare blowout (def. 4).
22. run wild,
a. to grow unchecked: The rambler roses are running wild.
b. to show lack of restraint or control: Those children are allowed to run wild.

[Origin: bef. 900; ME, OE wilde; c. D, G wild, ON villr, Sw vild, Goth wiltheis]


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