The first part appeared on Wednesday, so you can click the link to review what you missed (or forgot), if you wish. The science tends to predominate today over the kabbalistic mysticism, once we get past part 3. But the whole point is that theyʼre one and the same — mysticism and science (or to use the contemporary misinterpretation effectively, “one in the same,” as that phrase would kind of summarize my themes).
Part three refers to the many ways of predicting the future: scattering sticks (as in the I Ching and other Asian practices, but also worldwide — probably the activity dates back to the last Ice Age — early or middle paleolithic), ornithomany/augury as in ancient Rome, the chance selection of passages in (often religious) books — frequently the Bible and Qurʼan nowadays, and naturally astrology. The plan supposedly so-identified is four-dimensional to include time.
Part 5 is a random invention (a lot like my already posted poem, “Exhibit”) based on Lucy. Janet and I (with friend Kevin, who was then resident in or near New York City) actually got to the Ancestors exhibit mentioned, and Kevin and I distracted ourselves analyzing and arguing over the differences/similarities in early human and late Neanderthal skulls — thus entirely missing the Lucy bones themselves, which we had to go back and examine after Janet, on our way out of the American Museum of Natural History, mentioned how cool it had been for her actually to see the genuine Lucy. We both felt like major chumps (not chimps) but did return to see the relics.
Part 6 is pretty much just a summary/listing of some basic astro– and particle physics circa 1984 (and I own this bridge for sale, if you truly bought that statement…), the whole point being to move gracefully between the macro- and microcosmic superrealities… Nothing in that section is invention on my part, although strangely in posting the poem yesterday I added two new lines quite near the end of todayʼs portion.
I like how we begin and end with radiation in these three parts. More or less.
DI-VI-NA-TION: the ancient practice of puzzling
from random scatterings of sticks,
structures of internal organs from sacrificial beasts,
flights of birds,
haphazard selection of passages from sacred books,
flights of planets tracked among the stabled stars,
in whose webs the seers felt the Will of Fate,
reflections of an infinite four-dimensional plan.
The Australopithecine mandible
discovered at Laetoli,
Tanzania, in 1976,
briefly displayed among other original finds
in the “Ancestors” exhibit
at the American Museum of Natural History
from April 13 to September 9, 1984,
is that of an adolescent female,
who died of strangulation, although
the scientists could of course
not so determine
or even be aware.
the galaxies of star systems
(which may or may not hold condensed dust as planets),
the stars of hot gas,
the gas of molecules,
the molecules of atoms,
the atoms of protons and neutrons in a nucleus
orbited by electrons.
The light from the stars
is produced from nuclear fusion
and the resulting radiation
includes only a tiny portion of wavelengths
visible in the human eye;
light is composed of photons,
massless, chargeless particles
extant only in motion.
All the assorted particles in the cosmos
are considered to be
composed from various configurations of quarks
(usually bagged in triplicate),
the presumably ultimate subatomic particle,
the smallest formal structure in the cosmos.
The name of this particle was coined by a facetious
(and well read) physicist, Murray Gell-Mann,
from the gullscry
in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake
(“Three quarks for Muster Mark”).
Is there no Bottom to this dream?