we think the world is as we see it

we think the world
is as we see it.

it is not. not ever.

that person you think is a jerk
has his reasons.
they are good reasons.
when you think you’ve embarrassed yourself
and can’t get it out
of your head for days,
others can. not another
soul is thinking
about it. you’re alone
before the crowd you’ve conjured
in your head.

the chair you think
is solid
through and through is mostly
empty space, or whatever
unknown stuff is in between
the sub-atomic particles
that aren’t really particles
but kind of
waves of probability, according
to the physicists, who’ve no idea
what 95% of the universe is
composed of and just call it
“dark energy” and “dark
matter.” and furthermore,

but not finally,
that being you’ve lived
with, for years, and call
a cat,
has never once
called itself that


About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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One Response to we think the world is as we see it

  1. Barbara Buckmaster says:

    good one!!

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