I share my life and spread it out now between the Niagara and the Hudson, and I am - in a way - like a river, eager to flow away and toward, away and toward, testing the test of Heraclitus and acknowledging the persistence of change, the persistence of movement, the persistence of decay.
Is this the condemnation of which Sartre spoke - that I am condemned to be a river connecting two rivers? That I am condemned to this relentless change and to embrace the beauty Of the sad death of summer which occurs in blazes of color that make my eyes laugh and my heart cry?
PETER SIEDLECKI is professor emeritus in English and American literature at Daemen College, where he founded and continues to direct the popular Readings at the RIC Series. A three-time Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Literature in Krakow, Poland, and the former German Democratic Republic, he is the author of “Voyeur: Poems 1980-2000.” This is the title poem of his latest collection of poems published in November by BlazeVOX Books.