Thursday, April 12, 2007
Stumbling on Bruce Weigl While Wandering the French Quarter
Section Two is one long poem, "Incident at Eagle's Peak," about the struggle for meaning in a life. I can't find it on the web and don't have time to type the whole thing, but here's an excerpt, below. (I can't get the formatting to come out -- the second line of each stanza should be indented. Apologies to the author.) The narrator and a childhood friend are visiting a patch of woods they had played in as boys.
His sadness filled the air around us.
so I wanted to find a way
that could be alive in the place
and when he had finished
and he shook his head
that makes a sound like all of memory
And don't forget, while we're on the topic of unionized shops, to boycott Starbucks. Read about the campaign for better working conditions here. (Or at least register your disapproval at their employment practices by writing an e-mail to Chairman Howard Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org and calling Starbucks at 800.235.2883 demanding he respect the right of workers to form a Union to get out of poverty.)