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Solitude

Cretan farmers still press their olives. Swallow
retsina, tend their flocks. Our scholars know
—oracular computers tell them so—

it’s just as the Minoans did. Do we
know them then, the Minoans? Is their debris
ours too? Rather consider to what degree

warehouse palaces are dazzlements,
and through the dark mullions of romance
see for once that we see nothing, nothing. 

Credit


Reprinted by permission of Louisiana State University Press from Weathers Permitting: Poems by Stephen Sandy. Copyright © 2005 by Stephen Sandy.

Author


Stephen Sandy

Stephen Sandy is the author of eleven books of poetry, the most recent of which include Overlook (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), Netsuke Days (Shires Press, 2008), and Weathers Permitting (Louisiana State University Press, 2005).

Date Published: 2005-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/solitude