31 January 2010

Malpighian

Marcello Malpigi did extensive work on capillaries. I was trying to capture the ideas of microscopic visuals and the moving of oxygen and water. Ultimately, I'm unhappy with the poem as it is here. I've made my peace with it. Someday this will come back around in another form.


Malpighian (1/31)

Waxy seeds - wrinkling under water - peeling
The two halves hold a whole - a mover - a finger

It's a cave dwelling animal - an eyeless thing
unliving until the sunlight comes

A clapping shell - coconut halves making horses
This will pull and upright itself - make with the oxygen

This candle-colored thing will fix carbon - will
pull things from the earth - release like feathers into air