Pythagoras (570 BC-495 BC)
By Raphael Sanzio
School of Athens (1508)

Plato (428 BC-348 BC)
By Raphael Sanzio
School of Athens (1508)

Plotinus (204-270 AD)
Author of The Enneads
Ostia Antica Museum

The Letter P: Pythagoras, Plato, Plotinus

Practice, Practice, Practice—
till you perceive In-seeing like
Rilke's "Panther" at the Paris Zoo
pacing back & forth— patience pays off.

Pythagoras, Plato, Plotinus,
Porphyry, Proclus guided me,
then Paul Brunton in person on
peace, piety, and perseverance.

Lived at Pamela Drive & Paulson Park,
hiked at Purisima Creek Redwoods—
Palm & Pepper Trees, Ponderosa Pines,
poppies, primrose, pearly everlasting.

Peacocks at Pichetti Winery,
Pelicans at Palto Alto Baylands,
Platonic Lambda ridge at Pinnacles,
Pampas Grass at Pillar Point Harbor.

Potluck picnic party at Prospect Park—
Prawns with pecans & potstickers,
Pepperoni pizza, pumpkin pie,
Persimmons, peaches, and pears.

Proust's Remembrance of Things Past
Pharoah Cheops built Giza Pyramids,
Plutarch is the last Priest at Delphi,
Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

Paganini's violin pizzicato
was a perfect performance like
Prokofiev's ballet "Peter and the Wolf"
as Pablo Picasso paints "The Peace Dove".

St. Peter guards the Pearly Gates,
St. Paul preached to the Philippians
"praise to whatsoever things are pure"—
Pachelbel's Canon played all day long.

Dante came down from Mt. Parnassus,
takes me on a pilgimage like Parsifal
across perilous paths & lots of prayers
beyond the Promised Land to Paradise.

        — Peter Y. Chou
            Mountain View, 9-18-2020