Poems

George Drew: Poem

CLIMBING CANNON MOUNTAIN ON HIROSHIMA DAY

 

I have no test to run,

no new laws to divine,

no worlds to stumble on.

I am no Newton come

to sever man from angel

in the name of man.

Apples are good to eat,

and as for gravity

my leaden legs

and creaking lungs

are proof enough.

And once at the top,

what then? Unlike

Galileo on his tower,

there are for me

no theories burning

holes in knowledge,

no views beyond

the symmetries of line

and color, peak and leaf,

those visible

contrivances of fall,

New Hampshire-style.

Like Galileo, I

abjure the sun,

hanging fat and sassy

from its blue bough,

and the atomic dance

that spikes the mind

to the hard cider

of E=M².

Up there the view

flattens, earth and sky,

and man and angel

wrestling are as one

apple, core and rind,

both tone-deaf to

the music of the sphere.

 

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2 thoughts on “George Drew: Poem

  1. Science, Poetry, and — in both those spheres — that deathless metaphor of the falling apple. The sun like a fruit on a bough. Chemical brews like hard cider. So much substance to mine and to admire in this George Drew poem!

    The lines “contrivances of fall, New Hampshire-style” remind me of Robert Frost the verse-contriver, and also of his falling-from-heights poems such as “After Apple-Picking” and “Birches.” The cannon imagery and war-of-ideas theme of this GD poem carry my thinking to Frost’s war-themed poems, to his “U.S. 1946 King’s X.”

    I have a copy of the wonderful book “Robert Frost Speaking on Campus…” edited by Edward Connery Lathem. On page 78 appear these words by Robert Frost —
    “…science, basic science … has the same quality that poetry has … a tendency to make metaphor all the time, to seek connections and relations all the time. And that belongs to poetry just the same as it does to science.”

    And again that falling apple metaphor in this GD poem …

    (Does this poem’s original text read “E=M2” or “E=MC2”?)

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