“THE GREATEST OF ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE has been the discovery of human ignorance.” Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell. “OUR IGNORANCE, OF COURSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Monday, December 2, 2013

I Am This

I am this

Unique body

Just exactly this much

I never pretend to know what it is

But I know what it is not

It is not a fleshy cage for a ghost

No one haunts it from within

“Within” is not even special

Just exactly this entire body I am

Including all the stars

On all the seashores of all the worlds

And the way bodies everywhere touch

If only with words

And the way each body

Says goodbye

Not from “within”

But from toes to crown

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