FROM SWITZERLAND by Peter Robinson

‘Ye guiding Powers who join and part,
what would you have with me?’
Matthew Arnold, ‘Switzerland’

1. POLITICAL WEEK

‘τὰ πάντα ῥεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει’
Heraclitus

Turning for home, now, across the calm lake’s
readable ripples and flows
by way of slant reeds, its turquoise shallows
ports of call, the Panta Rhei makes

more distance emerge in its churning water,
lacustrine distance – you said out loud –
today’s sun burning the brighter
come through a morning of banked-up cloud;

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