Dan Gerber’s “Often I Imagine the Earth”

Often I Imagine the Earth
by Dan Gerber

Often I imagine the earth
through the eyes of the atoms we’re made of—
atoms, peculiar
atoms everywhere—
no me, no you, no opinions,
no beginning, no middle, no end,
soaring together like those
ancient Chinese birds
hatched miraculously with only one wing,
helping each other fly home.

Dan Gerber, “Often I Imagine the Earth.” First published in Poetry Magazine, March 2010. Suggested to the Humanities Institute by Phillip Barrish, Professor of English and Associate Director for Health and Humanities, UT Humanities Institute.

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