in your mind Einstein’s walking
with the attributes of thought
in your heart Joyce’s talking
existential tension taut
pencil broken paperwork
sleepy Einstein’s bending time
howling of an introvert
brave Ulysses skipping rhyme
these two met where borders blend
where hearts and minds still can meet
pub pints quenched by older men
words and numbers still compete
You can write a universe
in an ordinary day,
tell me how the moons traverse,
or this tab you’ll surely pay.
Joyce responds with scolding brands –
Make our universe sublime,
do the math for holding-hands
in my heart and in your mind.
Bill Fay has been published by Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Creative Colloquy, and the Virginia V Foundation, among others. Bill lives with his beautiful wife and their bodacious cats, Tucker and Annie, on Fox Island in Puget Sound, near Seattle. Favorite quote: “When the quill is sharp, the mind is never dull”.