Down Deep We’re Shallow

Who thinks about what a
Man can know, how he
Should live, what to expect?
About what is moral or just,
What is not, and how he
Might know?
Other priorities prevail:
Wealth management,
The kids’ college
Aspirations, what to
Do about the sick old dog.
Maybe, now and then, a
Glance at the sad state of
Earth, another at the sorry
State of the internet.
Late in life, a shudder at
His own mortality.
Other consciousness
Beyond the quotidian
Is left to the mad and
The weird, to poets and
Philosophers stranded in the
Bargain basement of the
Almighty Global Marketplace.

George Salamon arrived in NY on July 28, 1948, and in the years since taught German at five East Coat colleges, served as business reporter and editor of a defense magazine and in corporate public affairs. Now retired, he lives and writes in St. Louis, MO. Read other articles by George.