Ralph (Waldo Emerson) wrote:
Our age is retrospective. It builds upon the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should we not have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not by the history of theirs?
We check the rear-view mirrors,
Graveyards in the glass,
Listening to nostalgia
At the Heaven Overpass.
We never take the exit
But only read the guide.
With photos and words
We are totally cured
Of our wish for the actual ride.
Of course Ralph's is more elegant. But where's the country music potential?