a difficult re-entry
The nature of the human predicament
is how nature is to be reentered; how man,
the relatively unthinking and proud creator of the second world —
the world of culture —
may revivify and restore the first world
which cherished and brought him into being.
For what, increasingly, is required of man
is that he pursue the paradox of return.
Yet man does not wish to retrace his steps
down to the margins of the reeds and peer within,
lest by some magic he be permanently recaptured.
Instead, men prefer to hide
in cities of their own devising.