Poetry – WE SKID

WE SKID

I

            Skid

                        Across

                                    This

                                                World

We barely                                            touch

So much is going on

                                    I miss so much

My eyes

            Slide

                        My brain cells

                                    Glide

Too much                                 I slip

            Energy                          I skid

                        Too much                                 I fool

                                    To see                          I kid

                                                What is

                                                            I guess

                                                                        I make up

                                                                                    The rest

Teeming energy

            I cannot see

                        From molecule to galaxy

                                    Attractive magnetism

                                                Profound gravity

                                                            Unseen

Flies from you to me

I

            Skid

                        Across

                                    This

                                                World

We barely                                            touch

So much is going on

                                    I miss so much

I

            Skid

                        Across

                                    This

                                                World

We barely                                            connect

I see                p  a  r  t  i  a  l  l  y

                                    But not what you expect

I hear your words

            I sense your touch

                        I feel the sun

                                    But not too much

                                                I slide. I skid

I don’t see it all                         I think. I see

            I don’t know your red               I understand

                        I miss-see it all                          Hazily

                                    With the words you said                      

                                                I slide and skid

                                                            I think I know

                                                                        Just one percent

                                                                                    Of your rainbow

I

            Skid

                        Across

                                    This

                                                World

We barely                                                                                            connect

                                    My senses detect

                                    But what else would you expect?

                                    I miss so much

Opher 6.12.98

I wrote this poem because I was aware that with our limited senses and tiny brains (we are but microbes living on the surface of a tiny planet in the midst of a gargantuan universe) we cannot understand a fraction of what is around us.

We have as much hope of understanding the infinite wonders of the universe as a bacteria in a toilet bowl understanding the huge backside that is descending to bring them sustenance.

That should not stop us trying though. I’m amazed we’ve done so well and are so imaginative and inventive. We’ve discovered enough to rid ourselves of much of the superstitious rubbish. We’ve a long way to go.

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