GEISTESWISSENSCHAFT

the scientist
with sharp spotlight
and searing pen
isolates
a million delineated fragments
to construct
his glittering universe
manipulating
in violence
with drug and microscope

forgets
how much
inherently
remains without
in no way able
to be caught
held
and anatomised
by division

here
the heart sees
the compassionate world
diffused in floodlight
intricate, entwined
shimmering constantly
in subtle shivering
shifting iridescence

asking -

was it a vision?
was it a dream? -

what fantasies propel
leaf and cloud? -

what images
and hopes
carry forward
this mortal frame?

or fail -

here
where a soul
lies bleeding

where a suffering child
is fallen

in sickness and abnegation?

20th June 1991

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