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Sonnet: By Faraday's Light, We See What We See

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Sonnet: By Faraday's Light, We See What We See

by John Kendall Hawkins


Seeing some spark of speculative light's one thing,

but looking into the soul of God's another

altogether. We see glimpsed eternity,

often as it's fading at the horizon's edge,

just before some invisible vacuum takes it,

and the held after-image we need starts to fade.

But we have yet to hold the gaze of Big Bang bling;

it's almost there, in some paradigm or other,

the terms of engagement with the 'paternity,'

an elegant willingness to creep long the edge;

but we lose our grip, abstruse expression makes it

in vain, impossible to sustain, and we jade.

Eliot wrote, we shall not cease from exploration,

but I must admit there's a growing temptation.


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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)

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