The Rubaiyat Box  LbNA # 8249 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMay 15 2004
LocationBerkeley, CA
Planted ByARHK    
Found By threeonthego
Last Found Jun 19 2004
Hike Distance?

Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan's Turret in a Noose of Light.

I placed this box when I added my mother's maiden name to my name (H). The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (a very long poem translated from the Persian) is something of a family tradition on that side, so I thought it fitting to use some of the verses as clues.

1. Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say;
Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday?
And this first Summer month that brings the Rose
Shall take Jamshyd and Kaikobad away.

Three thousand roses, actually. This will be your starting point.

2. There is a Door to which I found no Key;
There was the Veil through which I might not see:
Some little Talk awhile of Me and Thee
There was—and then no more of Thee and Me.

It’s the only way in. Check out the top tiers first.

3. I sometimes think that never blows so red
The Rose as where some buried Caesar bled;
That every Hyacinth the Garden wears
Dropt in her Lap from some once lovely Head.

It may not have been a Holiday when he was slain in Rome. (Et tu, brute?) From here, go all the way down the steps at your left.

4. And this reviving Herb whose tender Green
Fledges the River-Lip on which we lean—
Ah, lean upon it lightly; for who knows
From what once lovely Lip it springs unseen!

Stand on the bridge and look back at where you came from.

6. A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

To the right of the stream (your right, when standing as mentioned above) you'll see a copse of juniper. Poke around where the thicket is the thickest. The box at the base of a sign. Sort of.

Please be discreet! You'll want to act natural and go stamp up on one of the benches. Take some time to look around you, it's beautiful here. I suggest going in May, but really any time of the year is cool. Be sure to hide the box in the same exact spot – it was carefully placed so as to minimize visibility from the other side of the juniper bushes. If you're not sure of your replacement abilities, mosey on around the back of the bushes and glance through to see if you can still see the box. (Also, if you have a choice of stamp pads, this one looks best in red!) Thanks!

If this box is missing or vandalized, please let me know.

BOX MISSING AS OF 9.25.04. If you have visited this box and have some clue as to whether it was moved or something, please let me know. Meanwhile I will see about replacing it.