Sunday, January 16, 2011

Poetry Train Monday - 181 - Celestial DNA

This is a re-posting of an early Poetry Train appearance from 2007.

It's something I wrote while in university. I was a mature student, returning to school after having been in the workforce for a decade. So this is the work of a 30-year-old me.

Note: This year I'm alternating Mondays between the Poetry Train and my arts feature, Through the Opera Glasses. Normally, today's post would be Through the Opera Glasses, but I'll be doing a play review next week, and the performance is coming up this Wednesday.

Celestial DNA

The world we inhabit
Hides its numbers
In the leaves

While buried in the sinews
Swirling within blood cells
The rhythm of the firmament
The curling of the tides
Tell the tale

The Young Ladies of Avignon
Standing in their
Crystal congress
Know their geometric afternoon

Amoeba glide
Snowflakes drift
Pollen ride the breeze

A mother feels the flutter
Child turning in the womb
The sweep of the grandiose constellations
In the frightening maw of time

God's fingerprints
And ours

Copyright 1994 Julia Smith

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Jennifer Leeland said...

Oooooh wow! I love it.

Jennie Marsland said...

God's fingerprints, and ours. I studied genetics because I found the elegant simplicity of DNA endlessly fascinating.Y ou've captured that. Beautiful!

M. said...

Interesting word choices. I liked 'sinews' and 'amoeba'.

My dad passed away many years ago, and one of the very few things I have left of his was a book published in the 60's showing then-revolutionary photos of children still inside the womb - and it is indeed AMAZING how much like galaxies that internal environment looks like in some of the shots.

Travis Cody said...

I agree with M. Your word selections are specifically evocative. I sense a very literal meaning, but also something else.

I like.

Coco said...

Lovely, Lady Wordsmith. Your poetry is music sans notes.

Nessa said...

I love the images you use and the unusual verbs to go with them.

Akelamalu said...

Excellent m'dear!