"Bishop George Berkeley" by John Smibert‘The Watcher’ by B. L. Perez The Society December 8, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 3 Comments For Bishop Berkeley & for Madman Blake First, the wind; then, the waves; then the shore —but the Mind—yes, the Mind—long before. First, darkness; then, ignition; then the light —but Vision—yes, Vision—long before sight. First, nowhere; then, somewhere; then everywhere —each here—each there—like a visual prayer. First, the past; then, the present; then the future —for ever for—forevermore—the Watcher. B. L. Pérez earned his BA in Religious Studies from UC Berkeley and his MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. He used to teach writing courses at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI); now he teaches writing courses at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) sites on U.S. military bases in Japan. Lately he has been writing very short poems, examples of which have recently been published in issue no. 5 of Concīs and issue no. 13 of NOON: Journal of the Short Poem. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Joe Tessitore December 8, 2017 Wow!!! How beautiful and powerful is this?!?! Congratulations B. L. ! Very well done! Joe Reply James Sale December 8, 2017 What a masterpiece of a poem – perfect – love this, so accomplished: lyric poetry at its zenith! Reply C.B. Anderson December 9, 2017 Dear B.L., If I hadn’t read Berkeley’s Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous at Harvard University, I might not have understood your poem so well, and though I might not echo the extreme accolades proffered by my esteemed precursors, your poem was well done. I’m working on something similar myself, and, God willing, It shall appear on these pages in due course. Reply Leave a Reply to James Sale Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.