Thursday, January 12, 2012

Moonlit snow carpet

Alert senses all attuned,

Sudden geese shadows

--Kirk Rhoads

Riff on Tu Fu’s On Seeing a Landscape Painted by My Commissioner Cousin for Li Ku

Glorious destinations in the travel magazines,

all saturated color and young jet-set glitterati,

I see these in the doctor’s waiting room.

The cursus honorum stutters to an end:

no there there, or only golf or Florida, perhaps,

a home before the home.

[the cursus honorum was the set career path for a Roman citizen who chose to enter public life]

--Patrick Mizelle

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