On Things of Least Significance

Music: Prelude in E minor.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques.

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Nicholas Gordon

On things of least significance
A universe depends:
The destinies of galaxies
Must wait upon a quark.

The cause fits not the consequence;
The more on less depends:
The phrasing of philosophies;
The sputter of a spark.

Unfathomable! What follows from
The twitch of one sperm's tail.
The depth of what we are and dream
Results from such a race!

Impassable! The chaos come
Twixt wind and wind-blown sail!
A wisp of wedged-in fat can mean
The end of time and space.

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