Wings

By Miroslav Holub 1923–1998 Miroslav Holub

We have
a microsopic anatomy
of the whale
this
gives
Man
assurance

William Carlos Williams

We have   
a map of the universe
for microbes,
we have
a map of a microbe
for the universe.

we have
a Grand Master of chess
made of electronic circuits.

But above all
we have
the ability
to sort peas,
to cup water in our hands,
to seek
the right screw
under the sofa
for hours

This   
gives us
wings.

Miroslav Holub, “Wings” from Poems Before & After.  Reprinted with the permission of Bloodaxe Books Ltd., www.bloodaxebooks.com.

Source: Poems Before and After (Bloodaxe Books, 2006)

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Poet Miroslav Holub 1923–1998

POET’S REGION Eastern Europe

Subjects Nature, The Body, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Miroslav Holub is a scientist by vocation and considers his poetry a pastime. Holub told Stephen Stepanchev in a New Leader interview that the Czech Writers Union had offered him a stipend equivalent to his salary as a research scientist to enable him to devote two years to his poetry. "But I like science," he said. "Anyway, I'm afraid that, if I had all the time in the world to write my poems, I would write nothing at all."

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SUBJECT Nature, The Body, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

POET’S REGION Eastern Europe

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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