Monday, 2 February 2015

Duke University's Physics Department Is Full of Poets.

So I was looking up this phrase while I stumbled across these lines. I could only read the first two lines of the poem and I wanted to read more. What I found even more amusing was this poem by Eugenio Montejo was actually shared on the Physics Department of the Duke University. Do read on.

The Earth Turned to Bring Us Closer

   by Eugenio Montejo
   translated by Peter Boyle

   The earth turned to bring us closer,
   it spun on itself and within us,
   and finally joined us together in this dream
   as written in the Symposium.
   Nights passed by, snowfalls and solstices;
   time passed in minutes and millennia.
   An ox cart that was on its way to Nineveh
   arrived in Nebraska.
   A rooster was singing some distance from the world,
   in one of the thousand pre-lives of our fathers.
   The earth was spinning with its music
   carrying us on board;
   it didn't stop turning a single moment
   as if so much love, so much that's miraculous
   was only an adagio written long ago
   in the Symposium's score.

What's even more striking is this beautiful piece was translated and it makes you wonder how much more beautiful it would be in its original form. 

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