Sonnet About Orpheus (Where)

You are here. At the end
of a sentence. Which is where,

(according to Blaser,) the gods are
an adventure.    I thought that “here” meant

the period     at the end of
“you are here.”    The black dot, black

hole.   But the arrow of “you are here”
points to something     on a map, at

the entrance to the park,     maybe
just the fork in the road, a cross-

roads, or the cave mouth
(of hell), guarded by the 3-headed dog.

If this is the Endgame
you are free to say

anything you want. It is no longer
a dialogue. You could have

“hanged your harp on the willows
in the midst thereof”*    No one asked you

to bring back the dead.
Not even Eurydice. But you did.

 

 

–Berlin,  2019
*Psalm 137

on the occasion of
Brian Fawcett’s 75th birthday

Stan Persky

Stan Persky

Stan Persky taught philosophy at Capilano University in N. Vancouver, B.C. He received the 2010 B.C. Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. His most recent books are Reading the 21st Century: Books of the Decade, 2000-2009 (McGill-Queen's, 2011), Post-Communist Stories: About Cities, Politics, Desires (Cormorant, 2014), and Letter from Berlin: Essays 2015-2016 (Dooney's, 2017).

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