The Astronomer and the Ant    February 24, 2010  D. Carrigan carrigan@fnal.gov (subject line must be sensible)

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ASTROPHYSICS AND THE ANT

Nancy Jean Carrigan

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ASTROPHYSICS AND THE ANT


The Astrophysicist

 How can I unweave the gauzy fabric of the stars
when each parting strand reveals a farther curtain
hiding another
and another
and another?
I focus on the place where the mysteries began
but my ever-more sophisticated eyes only reveal
what I cannot see. So the answers still lie wrapped
in the gauzy fabric of the stars
where each parting strand reveals a farther curtain
hiding another
and another
and another.

The Ant

How can I untangle this matted carpet of earth
when behind each shadowed clot or stem lies another growth
hiding another
and another
and another?
My antennae seek that place where the mysteries began
but my slender legs grow tired and I must find food.
So the answers still lie hidden
in this tangled carpet of earth where the bright side
of each passing clot and stem
reveals a shadowed other
and another
and another.

   ©1998  Nancy Jean Carrigan (used by permission)