Poem 55: I cannot love the sky

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I cannot love the sky
until I know the scientific names for all the clouds.
Look! how dramatic is Cumulonimbus!

I cannot love the garden
until I know the scientific names for all the flowers.
Oh! such lovely Lobularia maritima!

I cannot love the song
until I know the scientific names for all the birds.
Hark! to the rapture of that Turdus philomelos!

I cannot love reflections in the water
until I’ve checked for giardia,
those anaerobic flagellated protozoan parasites of the phylum Sarcomastigophora.

I cannot love you
until I have dissected your opinions
tested your resolve
verified your good faith
and checked that you don’t have a Daucus carota stuffed up your Sphincter ani externus
like some overcharged know-all who

…cannot love the sky

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16 thoughts on “Poem 55: I cannot love the sky

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks, Andrea – the only time I think I want to know the names of things is on a long journey when I count how many different species of plants I see and know the names of…. it’s a sort of game of paranoid!!

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