Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dumbstricken By A Line From Malebranche*

Playing our latest “smart” 
Game with my six-year-old 
Granddaughter to sharpen 
Our powers of observation, 
We watch patiently 

The dense overhanging jasmine vine 
Above and in front of us 
As it jettisons 
Its white, five-petaled 
Flowers one-by-one, 

Anxious to see who’s going 
To be the first to shout 
There it goes! as each star falls 
Dumbly to the oh so equally
Dumb and patient ground. 

*Attention is the natural prayer of the soul.


  1. Precise, wonderful poem that lives up (as the stars fall down) to Malebranche!

  2. Thanks for the comment, John, and for reminding me of Malebranche's line, which kick-started the poem in the first place.


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