Wednesday, October 05, 2016

After Reading Billy Collins' book: Aimless Love (2013)

Poetry Is

like a conversation with my physicist friend
whose eloquent descriptions of molecular interactions
leave me wondering
whether we speak the same language

until I realize
with a big silent bang
as I run to catch up with her words
that the results of her labor

have changed the way I tell time
and have put a global web of information at my fingertips
and in one Oppenheimerian flash
could change the course of civilization,

and I am struck by awe
not at how different we are
but at the eerie perfection with which
she understands the smallest parts
of me.

~ emrys

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