On knowledge they have seldom got it wrong,
the Chinese. Confucius: It is a joy
to learn, though not in government employ.
Put in some study daily: Mao Zedong.
So every morning now, before I clear
our denuded bowls off into the sink
I speed my brain’s development, and think
with Red Guard zeal, or how disciples hear:
Peruvian glaciers now in jeopardy.
British sex worst, new research indicates.
Nosepicking genetic. News from the States:
Nutritionists Advise Drink Less Black Tea.
Each morning’s story is a harvest, curse
or Gilgamesh, notched on a slab of clay
or inked on tomb walls. How’s this? World Created
in a Week. Or else: Sun Revolves round Earth.
Then it’s back to my daily paradigm
of dish and dash, forgetting global danger,
living without the breaking news from Nature:
no God or physics has the time for time.
From Out of the Cave, Calder Wood Press, 2011