30 November 2014

All That's Poetic

I have found that appreciation of phenomena like the erosive force of flowing water, the mechanics of an avalanche, the phases of the moon, or the life cycle of a mayfly, invariably leads to a vast infinity of all that's poetic.
The truth is, that those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded.
— Herbert Spencer, 1889
Life cycle of the mayfly.
Die Gartenlaube (1887), p 556.

I have written poems about how flowing water seems so much like time that I imagine traveling upstream into the past.
Three miles to a moon and upstream into July
Twilight of Ensuing Midnight
Through a scientific lens, the mystery comes into focus.
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
― Carl Sagan

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