A Simple Ontology

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maybe flower petals are held to stems by thought
and the wind’s a counter-thought that plucks
and sets them elsewhere in the grass
to grow in contemplative resolution
beside the notion of a grub-pulling crow

maybe the wind itself’s a palpable bright idea,
something about motion and the abhorrence of vacuums
something about coming and going,
about ferocity and stillness
about war and its absence

maybe the moon’s the concept of fullness,
loss, abatement, regeneration from slivers,
hope at the hour of the wolf, the opposite of
darkness at the break of noon, the
upside of shadow

maybe Descartes had it right
and this from horizon to horizon is
a simple ontology,
an inherent daisy chain of ideas chasing its tale
regardless—

one
                        idea
            hatched in this synapse nest
            is to harvest
                        thought
            from thought
            under a
                        perception
            of blue
            while the
                        conception
            of breeze
            riffles the
                        hint
            of hair
            and I place them
            like
                        dreams
            of plums
            into the
                        essence
            of basket
            and give them
            with the
                        intention
            of love
            to my
                        belief
            in the natural being
            of

you

by Jim Culleny
February26, 2011

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My Book, Odder Still, is available at:
Amazon and Barnes and Noble,
and also at Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls
and Amherst Books in Amherst, Ma

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