Stars Through the Clouds

The following is an excerpt from Stars Through the Clouds: A collection of originalpoems by Donald Williams, available now at our store.

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PROPOSED:

That the Modern Scientific World-View, In its Euphoria over Learning 

How to do Neat Things with Matter, Has Left Something out of the Equation

There was a time when men could see the sky,

    A grand cathedral vaulted and ablaze

    With myriad candles lifted up on high

    By nights for Vespers; in the brighter days,

The great Rose Window eastward shed its rays

    For Morning Prayer, and each and every flame

    Burned eloquent in litanies of praise,

    In fugues and canons to extol the Name.

But now the sky, though larger, is more tame,

    And modern man sees what he’s taught to see:

    Vast numbers are just numbers all the same,

    Though multiplied toward infinity;

And quarks and quasars cannot speak to us

    Except as agitated forms of dust.

 

Except as agitated forms of dust,

    We don’t know how to know the thing we are:

    The biochemistry of love is lust

    As an atomic furnace is a star,

And all that’s known is particles at war.

    And yet we do know love, and yet we know

    That it and lust are infinitely far

    Apart. We know the stars and how they glow,

Though they know nothing of us here below.

    So even while we’re slogging through the mire,

    We cannot help ourselves, but as we go

    We cock our heads to listen for the choir.

We know that half the truth is half a lie:

    There was a time when men could see the sky.

 
 
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