Sunday, October 31, 2010
Theodore Meets the Milky Way
Theodore, beloved of God and a contented man,
Was reading his slender volume of visible light
When, like a dreamer startled from his dream,
He was struck by some unsettling thoughts
"There is more here, much more than I can understand
Things that I cannot even imagine perhaps
More than the storms of distant atmospheres
The bits of failed planets that circle the sun
The dormant seeds of heaven
The spectral lights of ancient gods
Things within and beyond my little bag of metaphors.
Even my equations that reveal so much without words
They confirm my suspicions:
The opposite of ignorance is not knowledge, but humility.
Awake, the empty spaces of creation arrange themselves."