Fall 1990 • Vol. XII No. 4 Poetry |

Watchers

Photographed from the moon, [the Earth] seems to be a kind of organism. It is plainly in the process of developing, like an enormous embryo. It is, for all its stupendous size and the numberless units of its life forms, coherent. Every tissue is linked for its viability to every other tissue. LEWIS THOMAS, The Medusa and the Snail     And so I'm linked to you like cells within a growing embryo,     and you are linked to me, and we, together, linked to everyone   as watchers from the moon can see. The patient watchers from the moon can tell   what currents pushing through the tide direct vast spawnings from the swaying deep,     and what ancestral pathways through the buoyant air wedged wild geese keep     inscribed within their brains that safely store stupendous images—  range after range of mountain snow,     and shadowed woodland green, blue sky reflected in blue sea below.   Although they see all par

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