Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Sadness of Proximity


The Sadness of No Proximity

If Einstein had been born near me instead
I can’t help but wonder what he’d have said
Re the cucumber vine, which does displace
Far more than its namesake: nine feet of space,
Bears a flimsy, quickly shriveling flower,
With E=mc2 of an hour.

He might have have complained that gophers don’t eat
Cucumber vine like a vegetable treat.
It grows on fences, it winds around trees,
And soon dies, leaving tangled vines and leaves.
Maybe he would say what I will now say:
I wish cucumber vines would go away.

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