Another character who always drew my attention, and therefore had to be reckoned with in words, somehow or other. I hugely enjoyed his two two books, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think? when I read them years ago. After all, how many scientific geniuses have also been bongo players and safecrackers?
Before the spin un-densing,
I Galaxy’s Child
We are each part of that Point, you and I
Nothing has ever changed that possibility
Which clusters do you romp now?
No local group could contain you –
You, non-locally connected,
Bongo boy, never still, ever fresh,
Let’s continue the Infinity Drumming Circle,
It wouldn’t compute, but
II Knights Errant
We each lie in that shadow, you and I
Before the neutrons – radiant active dancing,
Kind humans vanished in that fireball
What kind of humans vanquished them?
What? on Earth?
My Goddess, man – what have you done?
What twisted Genesis –
How turned such genius evil?
Who turned Truth to such murder?
Why couldn’t you just
You roasted in that secret, unjust desert
Charged with a mission,
Somebody’s gotta pay – now
Everybody will have to pay – ever after
III Courting Jester
Before the seatbelts unfastened,
We each aspire to this distinction, you and I
All-knowing Fools would be
You modeled the part,
Become the true Challenger in that official mock-up
Did you find some solace, some redemption?
Whatever parts you engineered
Confused genius, creator/destroyer –
You’re a polyrhythmic sandwich
Like a Black Page – tricky to read