Once Coleridge

for Sergio Mondragon


once Coleridge

an English poet of the eighteenth century made a journey by boat along with a group of Danes are you by chance a theologian       they asked him seeing that he dressed in black

he shook his head       but they insisted then

perhaps you are a philosopher

and without giving him time to answer

we too

are all                  philosophers

said the Danes


and they talked and drank and sang for hours and ended up dancing merrily on the deck of the ship