BY JAN HAAG

POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO





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Is it true, Devayani, that life is nothing but a concatenation
of events, smells, tastes, touches?
Is it true that sights and sounds
are the whole of it?
Is it true,

O Devayani, that you will never figure it out, that death is
the answer to every question, every
hope, every satisfaction,
every unanswered
appetite?

And what is truth? A momentary stillness of the mind, until
you remember the contrary, the converse,
the reverse, the inverse, or even
just the verse, that
reminds

you of "beauty beauty beauty" in the soaring light of the mid-
summer sunset. " O Bright Wings," indeed,
the gulls cry, the vermillion
heart of life
crushed

on the road as you speed through life, catching only on the wing
glimpses of a greater glory, hints of a divine
plan. Has it gone wrong?
Or will we at some
later time

take the time to understand? Will we stand in the beauty of the
setting sun, see the silhouette of the hot
blooded dinosaurs nearing
the last of their
line

and weep for the beauty that was, for the large-hearted love that
sustained those great beasts for one hundred
and seventy million years
and then withdrew
support?


O Devayani, when they went millions of life forms all over the earth
disappeared. Look around today, smell the death
in the air as species extinction under
the weight of our existence
equals, exceeds

that in the days of the dinosaurs. Have we been here three million years?
Are we already declaring our readiness to leave?
Does Mother Gaia hear us? Does she
dispair that we are incapable
of living

with others: the birds and the owls, the whales and the salmon, the insects.
Seven billion beings soon -- and intolerant of others!
Do we approach a boundary event?
Soon? Are
WE

the boundry event?
Will no one be here
to read this poem seventy years from
now?






Copyright © 2000 Jan Haag
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@u.washington.edu




THE DEVAYANI POEMS

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BY JAN HAAG


POETRY + MUSIC + ESSAYS + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO



21st CENTURY ART, C.E. - B.C., A Context