Once There Was a Forest

1990, James Surles (artist) and Robert Creeley (poet)

Partial view of the work, composed of 8 round granite slabs located at the stairs leading to the Citicorp center. Poet's Walk, Seventh Street and Figueroa, Los Angeles.

They say this used to be a forest with a lake
You went by so quickly thinking there's a whole world in between
If I sit here long enough, all will pass me by one way or another
World's still got four corners
No one speaks alone, it comes out of something
What's still here settles at the edges of this simple place still waiting to be seen
Human eyes are lights to me sealed in this stone
It's not a final distance. This here and now


Poet's Walk