You and I (and Archimedes)

It is not so easy,

this question of finding yourself.

The first problem is perspective,

a place to stand

outside the distortion

of your own dense atmosphere.

So you train your focus homeward

from a swiftly passing asteroid,

and when you peer beneath

the layers of swirling clouds,

those beautifully pearly distractions,

you realize for the first time

that there is much less solid ground

and much more of ocean depths

and that makes you feel even less buoyant.

Oh, for want of that long lever

and a fulcrum, and a certain 

naive and hopeful recklessness.

 

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About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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