Which Way is Heaven?






At breakfast, my nine year-old son says there are perfect versions
of things beyond earth, like a circle, like us. I ask if he learned this
at school, but he replies no. I was just thinking about it. Like Plato,
I say, you’ve stumbled upon the world of Ideals—and he nods,
continues eating his cereal. The morning more perfect, here,
than any conjured heaven.

About Dane Cervine

Over 100 of Dane Cervine's poems have appeared in various journals, including The Hudson Review, The Sun, and the Atlanta Review. Adrienne Rich chose Dane's poem The Jeweled Net of Indra as the winning entry in the 2005 National Writers Union competition, and his poem Holography for honorable mention. Dane's poem Accordions & Shotguns was chosen by Tony Hoagland as a finalist for the Wabash Prize for Poetry, and appeared in Purdue University's Sycamore Review (Winter/Spring 2005). Dane's new book The Jeweled Net of Indra was published in 2007 by Plain View Press. He is a member of the Emerald Street Writers in Santa Cruz, California, where he serves as Chief of Children's Mental Health for the county.


Which Way is Heaven? — 3 Comments

  1. That’s cool, but you should check whether he managed to spell “simulacra” or “solipsism” with his ABC cereal. That one should be a cause for concern 🙂

  2. Better to listen to children and draw them out then squash them with an answer from authority (like”No”).

    Children are not studying for a test at breakfast, they are learning that it is OK to think about big things and talk about issues larger than the toy in the cereal.

    Life is more about asking good questions, than knowing the answers.


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