[lit-ideas] Ancestral Dialectics

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Lit-Ideas " <Lit-Ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:56:23 -0800



            From New England in the Seventeenth 

            Century they moved west, many of them,

            Stopping in Indiana and Illinois for

            The Civil War and then came further

            West.  What does it now mean 

            That I have lived so long near

            The Pacific, swimming, diving,


            Spearing fish, sailing to Japan

            And back again? Was it Japan

            And Korea I truly sought?

            I thought so for a while,

            Reaching toward them to touch

            But came back again.  That couldn't

            Have been it.  I've since moved


            Part way up a mountain and sit

            By a window watching a low-hung

            Cloud full, or partly so, of rain

            Which won't be salty like the sea

            But perhaps just what I need to 

            Determine which direction I should take,

            Whether to pull further back or move on




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