Friday, April 22, 2016

Poetry Friday - After Reading a Child's Guide to Modern Physics

I'm still reading Auden and thinking this week about the intersection of poetry and science.

After Reading a Child's Guide to Modern Physics
by W.H. Auden

If all a top physicist knows
About the Truth be true,
Then, for all the so-and-so's,
Futility and grime,
Our common world contains,
We have a better time
Than the Greater Nebulae do,
Or the atoms in our brains.

Marriage is rarely bliss
But, surely it would be worse
As particles to pelt
At thousands of miles per sec
About a universe
Wherein a lover's kiss
Would either not be felt
Or break the loved one's neck.

Read the poem in its entirety. You can also listen to Auden read it.

If you haven't been here before, or haven't been following my National Poetry Month project, here are the posts from this week. Feel free to poke around.

16 - National Park Week
17 - National Environmental Education Week
18 - World Heritage Day
19 - National Coin Week
20 - Chinese Language Day
21 - Kindergarten Day
22 - Earth Day

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup. Happy poetry Friday friends!

P.S. - Come back tomorrow for some fun with Talk Like Shakespeare Day!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this new-to-me poem. Quite thought provoking!