Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Reality of Sunsets

Athens, Georgia 
October 23, 2013 *

Scientifically speaking, sunsets
are unreal, nothing there
but oscillation
      diffracted by dust
      detected by cones
      delivered by neurons
upside down
reorganized and rendered so

You pull your beach chair
next to mine to watch the sun
sink cross the line
together as we reconstruct
what never was
yet brings forth tears.

Scientifically speaking, God
is unreal, nothing there
but old construction
      discerned in dreams
      dissected by logic
      deposed by knowledge
bottom up
reorganized and rendered so

We build our walls with
jumbled facts ignoring what
the wise have found –
no human proof forever binds
constructed truth
to quaking ground.

God of Logic, clockwork wound
Cerebral God so tightly bound
you Warrior God of bold savants
who slash the soul with arguments –
your God has died, so long
so long.

So long live what lies beyond
what comforts tears
and calls up song
what makes for kindness uncompelled
what steels the heart
confronting hell.

But shall we talk or just rejoice? Oh
you can call this what you will
based on how you think and feel
but as for me, it sounds like Love.

* Note, this is a revision of the original, posted March 7, 2011.