Peter Dale Scott
An Old Man out After Breakfast (Morning Walk)
Snapdragon shadow on the sidewalk
a baby in its carriage
smiling at a giant Great Dane
sap flowing upwards
a half inch inside
this sycamore I hug
Be guided from within
the principal hornist at the Met
learned from her dharma teacher
after centuries of the blind advice
to Odysseus in the underworld
curb your instinct Odyssey 11:105
an overhanging rosebush
and a jogger so close
I feel again that power
of the wholly unexpected
the intricate feathers
of the barn owl splayed
in the glinting broken glass
at the side of the desert road
or that smile from the tour guide
under the Thai waterfall
the spray lighting up her face
at the edge of the maelstrom
in a gorge so deep
the others were too prudent to climb down
one moment indefinable
and of no consequence
the hornplayer’s Schumann fragment
at Sylvia’s anniversary
the light from the meteoric fireball
on the hill slope of yuccas
or when sharpening my pencil
I smell those cedars again
or that elusive ex-student
wistful perhaps from her mother’s early death
who smuggled a whole boatload of marijuana
with her biker boyfriend
one kiss by a mountain stream
and she burst into tears
I thought you were interested
in my mind…
And so what is this oxymoron
the meaning of life
deluding and sustaining us
Before reading this book
take a morning walk outside
and imagine over your head
the white stars
you are quite confident are there
because you have seen them
though only at night
and then when your mind has expanded
think of the earth’s surface you tread on
curving away to maybe Paris
the next takes a little doing
but when you have the stars and curve in mind
imagine how the space over your head
is mirrored darkly
with all last evening’s stars
deep down under your feet
until you feel our planet
smaller even than a bit of dust
Bless the Huge Unknown
that can do this
and ask compassion
for those on this crowded soil
who are suffering
Now you can read
but begin with something great
perhaps a Song of Innocence by Blake.
GREEK THEATER: Mario Savio and the Socratic Quest
|But in diverting the city’s desires another way instead of complying with them…|
|that is the only business of a good citizen.|
|– Plato, Gorgias 517 B-C|
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