31 January 2008

name all the stars

name all the stars and watch the heavens fill
with meanings we impose from down below
words add to words and so we claim to know
by name on name that neither luck nor skill
explains each hap nothing that we distill
from sensuous knowledge moving fast or slow
is just its seeming the world is simple show
each scene dissolving without act of will
there are so many motions none can say
which ones might matter at the proper time
only that from the changes none can hide
there is through nature but a single way
only one bell that rings a simple chime
and every journey takes a single day

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