Friday, March 28, 2014

The Art and Science of Desire

     Image: medanth.wikispaces.com

It seems my want
has a half-life.
No matter
how long you are gone
there is still
some longing left.
And with even
the smallest bit
I can reconstitute it,
whole,
like a geneticist
reconstructing
the now redundant
Dodo
from a tiny strand
of DNA;
despite the Law 
of Diminishing Returns.


This, of course, is for G-man and his final FF55.  Thank you for all the great Fridays that turned into kick-ass weekends.   We all love ya, and we miss ya already Galen!



36 comments:

  1. I've often used the seed and flower metaphors for this sort of feeling, but you do so much with your more scientific approach--theoretically that should make for a dry intellectual sort of poem, but this is aching and raw with emotion enclosed under the smooth, quiet cover of a dissertation. Excellent piece, Mary.

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  2. Thank you Joy. I got my geek on. ;) And I love your comments, always.

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  3. To use the scientific terms here.. With staccato beat adds so much urgency... Like it a lot.

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  4. Don't go reconstructing any dinos, they may eat you

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  5. I was just wondering where you were. Now I know....busy constructing another imaginative and lovely piece. I especially like the way this fades off into diminishing returns.

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  6. Hey Yvonne! Yeah, I never start my 55's until Friday. Thanks, I'm glad you like it!

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  7. Anyone who can turn science into poetry is very special!

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  8. Mary Bach...
    the one thing I'll miss more than anything, is the anticipation
    of reading you LAST. Because it's usually my favorite!
    You never disappoint
    Loved your double helix 55
    Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all that you've brought to the Funfest
    You Rock from Osh Kosh to Green Bay
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End

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    1. Oooooh Galen. Just pop in every once-in-a-while, ok? Thanks for everything...the platform to write and be read, the great group and the really wonderful, encouragement. You rock from the UP to Motor City and all the way over to Wisconsin...where you should visit! Thanks again, and have a kick-ass ever after! x

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  9. very cool...tickling my science bug with this...love those last lines...it def carries the feeling mary...nice comparison of the new life against the diminishing returns....

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    1. Thanks Brian. I hope to give it a little spit and polish in future...I'm not the fastest pen, or keyboard, in the (mid)west, lol.

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  10. I like the science take on desire but sad for those diminishing returns ~ Happy Friday and I'm glad you didn't write a farewell post too,smiles

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  11. Thanks Grace! I'm in very good company!

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  12. Mary--this is just terrific--that subtle addition of the Dodo is so sharp and sardonic and poignant. Really well done. Great 55. Thanks. k.

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  13. Heehee - thanks Karin. Glad you liked that. ;-)

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  14. This is very cool. Awesome closing lines.

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    1. Thanks Mama Z. I do need to fiddle with the middle a little though. :o)

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  15. Love this, such a great metaphor.

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    1. Thank you Kathryn. And thanks for following!

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  16. Yes, no longer how long he is gone, there will always be some longing left! I will miss Galen for a long time to come. A strong LAST 55, Mary. Hope I see you elsewhere in the blogosphere.

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    1. I hope to see you too Mary. Maybe at dVerse or even the Poetry Jam. x And thank you.

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  17. Very craftily expressed, MaryI enjoyed reading your 55s over the weeks and hope I will read more of your poetry, even if you no longer write 55s.

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    1. Thank you Gabriella, I'll still be writing. I hope you will be too.

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  18. A truly beautiful love poem that serves as a poignant goodbye to G.

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  19. I love the double helix angle. To construct poetry along those fine strands takes great skill. Well done!

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  20. So you know Galen may have to visit the harley HQ in Wisconsin, which means he'd be sauntering by... which I'm sure he'd love to. :)

    as far as this, it's smart and stinging. ~

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    1. That's right, and I grew up not too far from Milwaukee, the Harley headquarters.
      And thanks.

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