#NaPoWriMo 2017 April 22 – Earth Day

April 22, 2017 – Earth Day

I still recall a passage
I memorized in my youth
from Vergil’s Georgics –

“Happy the man who doth
the causes know of all that is –
serene he stands above all fears:
above the inexorable fate and
that insatiate gulf that roars below.”

It took mere moments
to memorize those lines,
but years to understand
their meaning for my life.

Arabic speakers greet you,
Ahlan wa Sahlan. Welcome.
Ahlan – the people (family) and
Sahlan – the land (food, abundance).
Heirs of ancient civilizations
know something about life’s priorities.

I won’t be gardening this spring
unless I can find a garden plot
closer to home. The commitment
to travel across the city several times
a week was too much for me.


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Francis Bacon, trans. in The Advancement of Learning, Book 1.
From Vergil Georgics, Book 2, line 487- 490.

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Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian and archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and former naval officer.

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