SI in the News
James Torrens '48, is a Jesuit priest currently in Fresno, serving the Fresno diocese. He has been on the faculty at Santa Clara University (1970-1990) and an associate editor at America magazine (1990-1999).
A HAWK AT THE BALLGAME
Ah my poor skin I worried
taking our ballpark seats at noon
under a broiler sun when my eyes
lit on the hawk just beyond the stands
in its unhurried swing up over
the nearby building on a breath of air
barely detectable but enough
for the black tip of that sag of wings
to ride in the loop of vigilance
that would soon enough return it
over our outfield where the pop ups
and fly balls demand attention.
And late in the game a flurry
of the dark feathers lifted this totem
into the light standard, the many bulbs
of the stadium pale until dusk.
Has the hawk mother a nest up there?
Is this a lookout post for the hunter?
The visit twice repeats. It reminds us—
after our brief enjoyments
these grounds revert to the wild.
SCOTT PECK SAYS
Here is a poser about volition:
what's the most capital of sins?
In Scott Peck's opinion sloth.
The soul's one deplorable condition
is sluggardry. What you cotton to
gets the attention;
what you know you should
stays in the In Box.
Manaña sums it all up.
Since things fall apart,
resignation seems right to you,
fatalism. Forget imagination!
Let your contrition focus,
Peck says, on what´s undone—
not lust or pride, simply omission.