for bill,at 89 – Eschatology: Last and First Things
an infinity cut short returns upon itself
It's getting on for 60 years since we first came to the Island
who would have thought the time could pass so fast
"time doesn't pass, we pass"
but the passing – the passage – is so sweet
yet here we are
Gay Head, Lighthouse Road,
a mailbox a place a now
land water sky
air wind and waves
space into time
weave time and tide into a view
where we were, what we are
It's funny – after I'm dead, will I remember my
setting sun's long evening light, etching in shadow
each dusky tree and bough? After, after I'm dead,
will I remember, how very nice this evening was?
ludwig peter ochs
Peter Ochs, long retired from NBC, is a veteran Gay Head hand, from before Gay Head became Aquinnah. He's still on Gay Head time. Mr. Ochs owned a summer house on Lighthouse Road for years, but sold it a few years ago and now rents for several months annually, near where he formerly owned. The rest of the year, he lives in Vienna.