Reading By Ways
--A. R. Ammons 
The epicurean (and stoic) philosophers,
monists and
are interesting (they show
that time over time
unwinds nearly the same story) but 
how can I resist the creek,
slowing over depth
or breaking into shiny ramshackles 
on a rise of pebbles or blurring
storm history in weed-slants
along high banks: I get 
caught up in clouds illustrating
the sky or muddying out: I can’t
get enough of nodding 
adjustments when a
squirrel leaps on or off a branch,
the trail quaking: still, I 
like it when the old philosopher says
live unknown, whole
histories like unread creeks.

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