If we were to meet
on a cellular level,
amoeba to amoeba,
or 2 paramecia bumbling
into one another
in a drop of water

eyeless and earless,
mouthless and voiceless,
would we still recognize each other?

I think we would pause
for a moment, consider,
and then continue our minute,
microscopic lives
of engulfing, dividing,
and filtering.

Remember this, though,
precious one–
when lives Β are this small
one hour
can span infinity,
and we have had
the equivalent
of at least that much.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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56 Responses to affinity

  1. Dewey Dirks says:

    Nicely said Susan

  2. Spirit memories~ You’d enjoy the poetry of Orson F. Whitney~ I absolutely love this poem! Gratefully Deborah

  3. Beautiful and strong!
    “when lives are this small, one hour can span infinity”
    spoke very forcefully to me.
    Incidentally, I believe that recognition would take place – for otherwise how do voiceless, footless, eyeless, earless formless spirits whisper and share secrets?

  4. Mary says:

    Indeed one hour must be a long time to creatures as small as this.

  5. brian miller says:

    ha this is fun….i wonder if two are destined, then if it would matter the form you know….and at that level a little time could mean much…i think that we stopped and paused would mean much…its the little touches that make life….

  6. claudia says:

    oh i think you would recognize each other…no matter where and how you meet…there’s magic working in such moments..

  7. I like the science weaving here (hey, I did the same thing too) ~ I like to believe we would still recognize each other ~

  8. But then you can met yourself many times for the first time – nice take on the prompt

  9. Love can last for eternity from just the blink of an eye… beautiful poetry Susan.

  10. hedgewitch says:

    Love the imagination in this–and thinking in amoeba years–like dog years, only more so. After all, don’t we spend our own lives ‘engulfing, dividing, filtering…” Enjoyed this much.

  11. I often feel like an amoeba…. πŸ˜‰ Very wise poem Susan. πŸ™‚

  12. Serena says:

    I would never have thought invoking amoebas could be so powerful or that a comparison with us could be apt. Very clever and interesting. Loved the ending.

  13. ManicDdaily says:

    Very sweet poem! k.

  14. kaykuala says:

    I think we would pause
    for a moment, consider,
    and then continue our minute,
    microscopic lives

    That has been the case! We meet as strangers and we then leave as strangers to lead our own structured life in this modern world. Save for an odd relationship that might linger on, one is happy leading a microscopic life within our own domains! Deep thoughts here Susan!


    • Hank–thank you. I agree, totally–we trundle on in our respective drops of water, and then we have that moment. i never knew how much in common I had with an amoeba until I wrote this πŸ˜‰

  15. So heartwarming and glorious! Does my heart good to just know it exists.

  16. Love the “marriage” of science and poetry.

  17. This is the second poem in a row to have me thinking of perspective. Perhaps we are mere amoebas to some grander life form.

  18. poemsofhateandhope says:

    Our beginnings, our evolution, yet there are things unmeasurable in love and companionship….that we would always recognise our soulmates even if we were just cells! Or like lobsters – lobsters have a mate for life don’t they….

  19. kkkkaty says:

    Original, funny and true!

  20. tashtoo says:

    I think we would…most certainly. If we could be so lucky to lose these physical disguises that we use to shield and protect our true selves…okay…going deep now! Thought this wonderful!

  21. Sabio Lantz says:

    Nice — a little more than affinity is nice. Loved the biology — I look under a microscope offer and rarely think of how they view their brief moments! πŸ™‚

  22. kelly says:

    love this, from science to love… and of course, love is always the greater of the two!

  23. Mohana says:

    Very original, and creative. Liked a lot!

  24. Oh you are speaking the language of my heart, so affecting and marvelous!

  25. Dick Jones says:

    A powerful reflection on time and love. Affecting and effective.

  26. Great thought that tiny things experience time differently ~ and so romantic that we might too … interesting poem Susan

  27. clawfish says:

    Susan you have done it again even on a cellular level you love and attraction interesting and i love it

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