for Richard Tarnas
Devoted to the highest and the best,
Though not vicariously through literature
But deeds of his own doing that endure.
What inroads could he take that might advance
Humanity and break the evil trance
That keeps us blindly spellbound with its curse
Unapt to understand the universe?
Could he discover how to apprehend
The fateful ways that cosmic forces tend,
Divine the very nature of the schemes
By which realities emerge from dreams,
Then he’d achieve the highest human aim
Deserving of the most enduring fame.