by Leland Jamieson

With thanks to Zecharia Sitchin for Earth Chronicles.

‘To see it, feel it, make it’ solaced him
the most, and never more than when he wrote
a poem, or, more to the point, he’d brim

it full of speech poured freshly from the throat
of Mother Tongue’s ad-libs into the Void —
where random possibilities all float.

Wave-forms of speech observed (collapsed) all buoyed
ashore an ars poetica, a largess
of mindfulness to school the anthropoid . . . .

Einstein said, “Evil’s lack of good.” Redress
of this shortcoming, which the Anunnaki
imposed on apes they hybridized with less

intelligence than they, is more than rocky.
Their hubris we inherited in full —
A-bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki . . . .

Washington, Baghdad, Tehran, Istanbul
reflect the rule of anthropoids who lack
full mindfulness. They fleece, and run with the wool.

How might our poetry help draw us back
in stride with Gaia? If we’d only read
and write and listen to its bright sound track

we’d dance to it, and (fed our daily bread)
we’d seek to free folks rather than control
them with disinformation’s swollen head.

We’d grasp our species’ fault line. We’d console
and groom ourselves with mindfulness withheld
back when . . . . Homegrown, it might yet make us whole.

[NOTE: The fuller statement attributed to Einstein is that cold is lack of heat, dark is lack of light, and evil lack of good — or words to that effect.]

© 2008 by Leland Jamieson



About the Author

Leland Jamieson, a performing arts center manager for most of his working life, is retired and lives in East Hampton, Connecticut, USA. His recent and forthcoming work appears in Bellowing Ark, Blue Unicorn, Noneuclidean Café, Raintown Review, and 3rd Muse. He has gathered a number of published formal poems, some with streaming audio, under the title Needles in a Pinewood at He is hawking a 60-page book manuscript by the same name.


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