For Noam Chomsky: On his 88th birthday!

 Thinking of you, old friend...
 Thinking of our first meeting;
 In a dark corner of a dusty library,
 Your voice first enthralled me --
 Speaking from 1959, you endowed
 the mind with ideas that shatter orthodoxy. And yet,
 so radical in their comprehensibility.

 In a trance, I returned the next day,
 To that dusty corner, in 1967.
 You were there! And you spoke
 Of responsibilities in ideas;
 And I promised to always try...

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