|THE CHALLENGE||THE SEARCH: HOME?||ADVENTURE?|
|TOUGH SLEDDIN'||POLITICAL NINNIEDOM|
|Always we want a call to arms,
alarum to muster,
A clarion call, a suitable polarization, the shiver and rend
Of trumpet and bugle; a secret whistle in the round blue night;
A perception of banner or device to point our action,
Craft thought, throng columns of heroes alike in kin and owning.
Have we not sought on the soft hills of home,
Have we not ranged the vaulting peaks
Have we not strained and pitted in the reddened gale
|For many a noon northering,
many a moon,
We trod between perpetual plains
Of ice alike aloft and low:
Did we not bow and brave and stay
The slicing extinguishing continental snow?
|Broadly stand we in the realms
Observing and heard in meet and council.
Noble the laying of ministries, state, law,
Endowment of power and wealth, election of the best,
The selfless, to know the common need, and serve.
Thence, whence,We have asked our fathers for their wisdom’s store,
Riding the electron's ephemeral gleam,
Precisely we measure, catalogue, count.
Strange pulses we identify, shadow, leaven,
Entrain to round and service.
We code our dreams on the threads of the universe
And strung with starry beads and giddy temples
We shoot our engines to the limit of things
And find not whispers not thunder
Nor mark, nor beckon
But moondust and silence.
We have shook the skin of the seer's drum
Lay an ear along the parchment; brush
A nerve on wool myths; sound and plumb
Images and ego; from phantom flush
Enchant the green shadows subliminous
Into approximation; in mantric hum
Know one star's breath, a chill of gems,
Float along the thunder flash,
Touch the liquid crystal hush.
Always we want a call to arms, a sounding conch,Decked children of the eastern dawns,
Streaming passion, steadfastness, faith from the fullness of a horn,
Echoing the labyrinthine ways, dimly retracing dichotomy,
Division and decision, moment of moment, the breaking thread,
The rapture of the yelling blaze, the slow inertial swing
To point the new star, portending passage, oneness, quest.