A drop of water on a strand of hair,
Like a node or blossom on a tree,
Enlarges both the land and air,
So through water floods the sea;

The globe-shaped droplet magnifies
Things that earlier weren't there,
Growing, right before my eyes,
Galaxies from glare—

Such inklings of the larger world
Don't need the blind to see,
The helix of the brain unfurled
From a pinpoint to infinity,

A strand of DNA a path,
An interstellar license,
A planet planted in the bath
And, in its dirt, horizons.

May 17th and September 21st, 2008