University at Buffalo - The State University of New York
Skip to Content
BestThinking / Articles / Arts & Entertainment / Literature / Poetry / Into What We Do Not Know (Article)
Article in Arts / Literature / Poetry
Meditating on fathers and sons ...
 
 
 

Into What We Do Not Know


οὐ γάρ πώ τις ἑὸν γόνον αὐτὸς ανέγνω.
(For never yet did any man know, of himself, his own begetting.)

Odyssey 1.216

In my dream my father and I lose our way
and have to turn around on streets that vanish
beneath our wheels as soon as we cross them.
Our destination looms larger the more lost
we become, as if we should just jump on,
but the nearer it soars, the farther away
we sense ourselves to be, until our fear
guns us forward, into what we do not know.
Can this be what the ancients understood?
Every man must choose his origin?

 
R Allen Shoaf Identity Verified

About the Author 

R Allen Shoaf
EROTIC RECKONINGS, my second volume of poetry, can now be purchased from New Plains Press or from Amazon. My third volume, PIED-PIPER PHILOL

Recent Content by R Allen Shoaf

“Roger That”: Responsible Ownership of Guns for Every Rational, Thinking Human Aware of Trust

“Roger That” R esponsible O wnership of G uns for E very R ational, T hinking H uman A ware of T rust The following and similar arguments are NOT screeds against responsible gun ownership. Self-defense is a legitimate posture for all animals, including humans, homo...

For the love of roses

In addition to singing (Bach, Mozart, Schubert, and others), I grow roses for pleasure. Today is cloudy and overcast in north central Florida, but some of my shrubs are nevertheless showing in glory. I'm going to try to add some photos here. I hope they load and that you enjoy them.

Curiosity: A Remedy for Dogmatism

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017 ISBN-10: 1476766681 ISBN-13: 978-1476766683 Curiosity: A Remedy for Dogmatism Every digital device in use today bears the stamp of Claude Shannon's genius. From...

Where Once We Were Free?

The wages of division is death.The wages of individuation is freedom (above all, freedom to die). The wages of totalizing is slavery (with no option to die other than the master's caprice).

Greed Forbid!

In the beginning was the pun. Samuel Beckett

Straight

Dream Driver

 
Latest Thinking in Arts & Entertainment
corner
corner
 
 
Latest Ebooks