This was that earth of which we had heard carved out of Chaos and Old Night

For Henry David Thoreau, born 1817, died 1862; American essayist, poet, philosopher, naturalist, development critic

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Mount Katahdin, Maine

This was that earth

       of which we had heard

              carved out of Chaos and Old Night

The virgin forest of Massachusetts long since cut down

Henry David Thoreau    tried to climb

to the top of    Mount Katahdin in Maine

Lost in fog    in upper crags

defeated by the upper cliffs

he fell to his knees

Rejoicing    rocks and trees,  wind on our cheeks!

       this solid earth!    the actual world!    the common sense!


He saw all    all in the Developer’s Eye

       tear down    build    build a Tower High

              set fire to the Chaos of Old Night

He saw the serpent

       tail    coiled round it’s own throat

He saw them stripping

       Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine

              Basin and Range in Nevada

Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado

       Grand Canyon-Parashunt in Arizona

              Craters of the Moon in Idaho

Bending the arms of Giant Sequoia in California

       Arches and Canyonlands in Utah

              Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah

See    Henry David Thoreau

       still climbing Mount Katahdin

              lost in fog

Still on his knees in the upper cliffs

       calling out

            where is that Earth

Of which we had heard

       carved out of Chaos

            and Old Night

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