Organization

Men talk much of matter
and energy, of the struggle
for existence that molds the shape of life.
These things exist, it is true;
but more delicate,
elusive,
quicker than the fins in water,
is that mysterious principle
known as “organization,”
which leaves
all other mysteries
concerned with life
stale
and insignificant by comparison.
For that without organization
life does not persist
is obvious.
Yet this organization itself
is not strictly the product
of life, nor of selection.
Like some dark and passing
shadow within matter,
it cups out
the eyes’ small windows
or spaces the notes
of a meadow lark’s song
in the interior of a mottled egg.

That principle – I am beginning
to suspect –
was there
before the living
in the deeps of water.

/ / /

This not a cento poem for the prompt from We Write Poems comes from The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley.

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8 thoughts on “Organization

  1. Like some dark and passing
    shadow within matter,
    it cups out
    the eyes’ small windows
    or spaces the notes
    of a meadow lark’s song
    in the interior of a mottled egg.

    LOVE that!! I’m going to have to put this author on my list too! You did a great job arranging these, Richard!!

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