Someone placed a pale Pan in the fountain
with old walrus merman laughing at shaggy
flanks, hoofed feet, two little horns,
a precocious libido, hands in playful prayer.

Pan didn’t die, as Plutarch said, but lost his
maturity; a young boy again frolicking in
the depths of darkness surging up between
the merman's sneering teeth.

When our ancestors first sensed the lumen
, "the light hidden in matter and the
forces of nature," they also augured their
mind as the cosmos darkened by
a chastened sun

                 because it
          revolved in the sky
   just as the other planets do;
and of course the Earth was not
       a planet, but the center
              of the universe.