magnolia MAG

April 18, 2016
By triceratops BRONZE, Montclair, New Jersey
triceratops BRONZE, Montclair, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
here are Kurt Vonnegut's unintentional last words:

“Here is what my great-grandfather Clemens Vonnegut said one time about Jesus, “If what he said was good, and it was marvelous, what did it matter if he was God or not?” … But I gotta go. I’m not well. Good luck.”


small pink detonations,
the shapes of tiny hands.
in the photograph,
I climbed the tree outside the house
with bare feet, each of you
a dismantled atom,
pale arithmetic of electrons
looped over broken orbits.
all matter, Dalton said, is made
of discrete parts: indivisible,
indestructible.
some sunlight leaks through
the branches, the orange breath
of gravity, but not me.
up in the fractals of magnolias
the atoms gave us names:
wet feet,
spokes of wrinkled blooms,
and one body,
absolute.


The author's comments:

atoms are cool.

the nature of time is also cool.

magnolias are pretty.

there we go--the poem broken into discrete parts.  

(ps--had to look up Dalton's theory on google. later, when i tried to explain this poem to someone, I was like "oh, it's just on atomic theory, you know, the beginner stuff." i'm ashamed) 


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