Friday, 28 May 2010

Magnification poem

The fly's eye:
a giant's causeway,

black bubblewrap,
blisters that render

the world as mosaic --
every surface a floor.

The spermatazoon:
its one straggly eyelash,

its lightbulb head with
the coiled inner filament

ready for current
to quicken its magic light.

Villi of the human intestine:
a million tortoise heads.

The shell of this mite:
ridged like a fingerprint.

Light is too clumsy-fingered
to fumble into such crannies.

Electrons flood the gaps.
A wipe of this sponge

and we all vanish into that
cavernous holey-space.

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