Moonlit snow carpet
Alert senses all attuned,
Sudden geese shadows
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]