One Filament against the Firmament Poem

One Filament against the Firmament Poem by Matthea Harvey

Most days Group V. practiced on seeing through,
Prisms because of the way they bend the light,
They are considered the first marker of advanced
Sight tests had been conducted on them all as
Children these ones could examine a dewdrop
Perched on a furred leaf & not cry when it fell to
The ground had no more data to give though later
The books would be buried to give us something new
To discover God could not be a matter of spaceships
The way must be found through the mind &
The eyes are distractible as the Leader discovered one night
In a stairwell when one lightbulb overhead managed
To distract him from the sky outside he decided
That finding beauty pointless might actually be the
Point at something & then see past it became
The first lesson to lessen attachment to things put
Here to distract us of course there were detractors
Who thought the fingers or tongue would work just
Fine lines of personality scar the fingertips though
& tastebuds cannot belie their bias only the mind
& the eyes could absorb indefinitely pupils practiced
Not shrinking at the sun it was an honor to go blind
Trying to ignore the tiny creatures that float across
Our eyes was a task that drove hundreds crazy because
It didn’t make sense that something tiny & see-through
Could lure the gaze away from the Taj Majal or a Monet
Which they practiced in front of because of the lovely
Colors & affection for them were eliminated later as were
All forms of luxury like being able to see your family
Across the breakfast table they all disappeared one by
One day everybody woke up alone & couldn’t find
Each other & they all would have died from standing
Still there was one girl who hadn’t been able to stop loving
The word marshmallow & one boy who still had a favorite
Color slowly seeped back into the world & a new group
Formed to research why it had left but it never became clear

One Filament against the Firmament Poem

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