Systems


–All things were together
then the mind came and arranged them
………………………………………….—Anaxagoras


at first I thought that trunks, limbs
and leaves were one called  tree
but then I learned that tree was

split with ax of brain and set apart
like cordwood stacked linguistically

parsing parts from roots to crown
I learned to see them categorically
but then I noticed they were bound
like arteries and veins and heart
and would die if pulled apart

now I see that trunk and limbs
and leaves are one called tree
and though it’s true they may be
split by blade of brain and set apart
like arteries and veins and heart,
we should think before we start:
do not presume
impunity

Jim Culleny
April; 2009

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