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Sign: Berkeley - Berkeley Poetry Walk - "Desert Center" a song by Margaret Erwin Schevill

2080 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
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On the sign:

There’s a magnet in the desert earth,
Or a meteor buried deep,
An old Indian said.
It fell there long ago,
A black star with a tail,
A long, lizard tail,
And it fell
To show
The earth people
Where the center was.
Deep down in the earth
It is there,
For it draws us
And it draws us,
And it draws you, too,
And you will always return.

-Margaret Erwin Schevill
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Berkeley’s poetry Walk 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.

In the current plaque appears a poem by the American writer and painter Margaret Erwin Schevill (1887-1962), who lived in Berkeley. In her paintings and writings she addressed the issues of the Native Americans in the southwest of the United States.

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