Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "The Arc of the Mental Universe"

This poem was the linkback perk for the September 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by Dreamwidth user Dialecticdreamer.  It came out of the August 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from zianuray. This poem also fills the "intense" square in my 8-2-19 card for the End of Summer Bingo fest.


The Arc of the Mental Universe


Intelligence has its foundation in science,
but that is only the beginning.

We can speak of carbon and oxygen,
describe the formation of a planet,
and trace the lines of evolution.

We can follow the hominids
as they descended from trees
to walk upright and make tools.

We can gaze through the water
at whales and dolphins, and wonder.

But we cannot know  what struck
the spark that brought these minds to life.

That answer lies beyond science,
somewhere in the realm of spirit,
or perhaps even magic.

The ineffable is intense,
sometimes overwhelming.

* * *

Notes:

"Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."
Martin Luther King Jr.


[To be continued ...]
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