Sunday, November 20, 2005

Door Number Two


The reason everything doesn’t fly apart
is that a cosmic glue exists at the smallest
perimeters of the universe
holding this to that
in sequences of interactions
which, if you "photograph" them
with enhanced x-ray imaging,
look rather like the
wings of moths--
on which are also written
every letter in every language
on the planet
and all the numbers--

The smallest imaginable wings
stir in a delicate vacuum
of scale that disappears
into white fog if you
think about it -- so that
the difference between
one thing and another
and the glue
of us—
could be the flying stage of
some kind of metamorphosis,
or a giant.

Is there a
rhythm of form we cannot
know unless we go
into a dark and matted cave,
onto the slime trail
of the smallest worm hole
in the galaxy,
into a swirl of wings
and light

and back —

A flutter of small wings,
each whisper
and its opposite
quickening —

©Susan Bright

Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.


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