The struggle of the mind to bring to bear
a pattern in the mystery the quiet
balance imaged in these wet
streams circling the old town everywhere.
Here once came the young barbarian,
who fell in love with this integrity of
land & gently curving waterway;
found kingdom come a petrine origin,
where dikes domesticate the ocean --
Atlantis, very human now & Dutch.
& here within this village radius
the labors of a Mondrian circuitous
uplifted principle serene would reach
a dreamy apogee-- & build a world to match.
Henry Gould | Island Road 52
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