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49 I’m answered: The spasm of cells in your brain. I ask: What is the thing that makes spasms? I’m answered: The movement of positive particles. I ask: What is the nature of movement? I’m answered: You return to the center. One thousand questions, and each gives An answer, which then forms a question. The questions and answers will meld with each other Like colors of light, Like the light rays that once crossed the space Of the cosmos And rest now in the small warmth of a hand. 52 I launch my small skiﬀ in the sea, Water still cool from the night, Oarlocks corroded with salt rust.
Or perhaps hear me, My murmurs and breaths. ” 60 I whisper the name Mother gave me, A private note passed in the dark, Here, oﬀ the hallway, This sitting room swimming in light, Primroses outside the window, The orange trees beyond, that’s where She said it – then to her piano, And I to my school books, my sea glass And bottles – still here, in the room With arched windows, The chipped russet tiles, rotting damp smell, Textbooks still here, Pieces of glass that I picked years ago, Rage of the blossoming sea, and I In my boyhood, unknowing of wine Slightly sipped in the Christian cafes, Of the women who look men in the eye, Teeming sad nights, and my own crashing winds, Flung to the north, and the booming years – All of it lost, leaving only this broken And empty house, Abbas here taking his nap, Ghosts of a family.
41 Newton and Darwin, Pasteur and Al-Haytham, Mendel, Mendeleyev, Curie, and Bose. Galileo, Bernard, Lavoisier, Al-Biruni. Einstein and Watson and Franklin And Crick. Here are your robes and your sacraments. Here light the lamp of eternal oil. Kepler and Brahe, Berzelius, Dalton, Copernicus, Boltzmann, and Bohr. Pauling, Boveri, Planck, and Cajal, Heisenberg, Meitner, Brown, Krebs, and Schwann. You burn the incense of asking and knowing, ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ 40 Toss petals of restlessness. Is nothing still?