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Sign: Berkeley - Berkeley Poetry Walk - "The Black Vulture" a song by George Sterling

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2080 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
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THE BLACK VULTURE
Aloof upon the day’s immeasured dome,
He holds unshared the silence of the sky.
Far down his bleak, relentless eyes descry
The eagle’s empire and the falcon’s home-
Far down the galleons of sunset roam;
His hazards on the sea of morning lie;
Serene, he hears the broken tempest sigh
Where cold sierras gleam like scattered foam..

And least of all he holds the human swarm-
Unwitting now that envious men prepare
To make their dream and its fulfillment one,
When, poised above the caldrons of the storm,
Their hearts, contemptuous of death, shall dare
His roads between the thunder and the sun.

George Sterling
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Berklee’s poetry trail was laid in October 2003 along Edison Street between Shattuck and Milvia Streets. The route includes 128 metal plates with excerpts from songs, each of which is related in one way or another to the city of Berkeley.

The plaque features a poem by George Sterling, the American writer (1869-1926) who lived in San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay area.
The song "The Black Vulture" appears in the collection "The House of Orchids" from 1911.




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