The poem below from short term (several months, fall 1969 through early/mid 1970 ) Druid Heights resident Gary Snyder was dedicated to Druid Heights resident Alan Watts following his death on November 16, 1973. I believe their time at DH overlapped. If you have ever hiked in the Mt. Tamalpais/Marin headlands area you know that Snyder’s words match the land near DH as well as the way of Alan Watts.
The photos of Watts and Snyder date from the late 1950s. By then they had been friends for several years.
“He blazed out the new path of all of us , and came back and made it clear .
Explored the side canyons and deer trails ,
And investigated Cliffs and thickets..
Many guides will have us travel single file,
Like mules in a pack train and never leave the trail .
Alan taught us to move forward like the breeze ,
Tasting the berries ,greeting blue jays, learning and loving the whole terrain..”